“Köpi” supporters allegedly occupy buildings in the “Red Zone”

Shortly before the upcoming clearance of the “Köpi” -Wagenplatz in Berlin-Mitte, supporters apparently occupied a neighboring shell. On Thursday noon, the residents of the left-wing alternative Köpi announced on Twitter that the building had been occupied to disrupt the “red zone” around the site.

According to observers: inside on site, banners hung from the windows, music boomed from the building. However, it was not initially clear whether there were actually people in the new building.

Police spokeswoman Anja Dierschke said when asked that the police did not assume that there were currently people in the ruins. “An occupation cannot currently be confirmed,” she said. However, bottles had already been thrown at the emergency services in the early afternoon.

At 10 o’clock on Friday, the bailiff is supposed to take over the premises at Köpenicker Straße 133-136 in Mitte, where the left alternative “Köpi” car space is currently still located. As reported, the police blocked the streets around the car park on Thursday and set up a “red zone” that only direct residents are allowed to enter.

As with previous evictions, hundreds of police officers are expected to be on duty from the early hours of the morning. In the past few days, police officers have apparently scouted the area: eyewitnesses report, for example, of police helicopters circling over the area.

Police officers were also posted in the building between Köpenicker Straße and Schillingbrücke, which is home to the state headquarters of the Verdi union, among other things: inside on balconies. Verdi himself distanced himself from it – the part of the building towards Köpenicker Straße does not belong to the union, but to a real estate company, said spokesman Andreas Splanemann. “Verdi itself is not a party to the conflict,” he said, and neither police officers nor journalists are allowed to enter Verdi’s own rooms.

Autonomous groups are already calling for action against the union. “Verdi is also involved in the clearing of Köpiplatz,” tweeted the residents of the partially occupied “Rigaer 94”.

In the past few days, autonomists had increasingly carried out “decentralized actions” in different parts of the city. According to letters of confession on the Indymedia platform, individual groups set fire to a delivery truck in Lichtenberg and an ATM in Kreuzberg.

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Left-wing extremists threw stones at the front doors of the district office in Mitte. Four cars from the Lichtenberg public order office were also set on fire in Alt-Hohenschönhausen. On Thursday night, barricades finally burned on Bethaniendamm and Engeldamm in Kreuzberg and on Köpenicker Strasse. In all attacks, the anonymous authors refer to the pending eviction in their letters of confession.

For the evacuation itself, residents and supporters announce “greatest possible resistance”. An urgent application with which the residents wanted to stop the eviction at the last moment failed in court on Wednesday. The residents accuse the owner of the property, the controversial real estate entrepreneur Siegfried Nehls, of having forged a signature during the eviction court proceedings.

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In the vicinity of the so-called “Red Zone”, various rallies from the left and radical left spectrum have been registered for Friday from 5 a.m. Several demonstrations are to take place in Adalbertstrasse, for example, and another directly on the edge of the exclusion zone in Köpenicker Strasse.

Several demonstrations have also been registered on Friday night. The “Reclaim Clubculture” alliance is calling for a techno demo for Wagenplatz from Hermannplatz at 6 pm, followed by a “rowdy bike demo” to Friedrichshain.

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