Africa Council warns of 'no-go areas' in Berlin

21st April 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 April 2006, BERLIN - "There are no-go areas (for black people) in Berlin and Brandenburg," warned the Africa Council, a lobby umbrella for 25 African and German-African groups in Germany, Friday after a black German was almost beaten to death in Potsdam.

21 April 2006

BERLIN - "There are no-go areas (for black people) in Berlin and Brandenburg," warned the Africa Council, a lobby umbrella for 25 African and German-African groups in Germany, Friday after a black German was almost beaten to death in Potsdam.

The Africa Council plans to distribute a brochure during the World Cup warning of areas it considers dangerous for black people and foreigners.

In Berlin these include the eastern districts of Koepenick and the grim tower-block district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf built under communist East German rule.

"For black Africans living in Berlin the Wall has not yet fallen and the city is still divided," said the Tagesspiegel newspaper, adding that former East Berlin continues to be avoided by black people. The communist-built Berlin Wall was opened in 1989, one year before German reunification.

The same goes for Potsdam, with communist-era tower blocks in the southern part of the city being seen as potentially dangerous for foreigners. The historic old city and former Prussian royal palaces and parks are viewed as safe.

Berlin's Interior Senator Erhart Koerting criticized the planned "no-go" brochure for Africans and black people.

"There is no general danger for certain groups in certain parts of the city," insisted Koerting.

Frank Henkel, a member of the opposition Christian Democrats in the city assembly, described the brochure as "crude nonsense" and "panic-mongering."

But Africa Council chairman Moctar Kamara disagreed: "The politicians cannot really know this: They are living in a different world."

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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