Victory Day in Treptower Park
Usually, on every May 9, at S-Bahnhof Treptower Park, one could see Russian-speaking groups because of the Victory Day celebrations. This year, however, any celebration of “Russian” victory has shown another significance. For instance, police dressed in black lined both sides of the large stone arches which mark the entrance to the Soviet memorial. Visitors being checked for any forbidden items. Besides, the Berlin government has not only banned the controversial ‘Z’ symbol, but both the Russian and Ukrainian flags, that of the Soviet Union, and the ribbon of St George, all of that, to avoid provocations. Source: Exberliner.
Berlin considers referendum for car-free city centre not feasible
The planned referendum for a car-free inner city is inadmissible according to the Berlin Senate. It is incompatible with the constitution of Berlin, according to a statement by the interior administration. The draft law, which would ban private car traffic in the area within the S-Bahn ring, is disproportionate, explained the spokesperson of the interior administration, Sylvia Schwab. The alliance “Volksentscheid Berlin autofrei” reacted indignantly against that. Anyhow, the transport administration will now prepare a proposal for a resolution. The Senate must decide on its position on the petition within the next two weeks. Source: rbb24.