camp in Berlin has turned into a medieval-style standoff as
shield-bearing police officers used siege towers and armored vehicles to
ram the walls of the compound.
living inside the housing project on 137 Kopenicker Street – commonly
referred to as ‘Kopi’ by Berliners – in the center of the German capital
had been fortifying their camp during the week, including placing
barbed wire on top of the walls, ahead of the planned eviction on
They vowed to defend their home and stage protests
elsewhere in Berlin, but this wasn’t enough to stop law enforcement from
moving against yet another illegally occupied property in the city.
2,000 officers have taken part in the operation, with some of them
storming the trailer camp and the rest preventing possible provocatory
acts in other parts of Berlin.
Early in the day, police in full
riot gear bearing protective body shields cornered off the area and
attempted to make their way inside the trailer camp.
RT’s Ruptly video agency has captured a police armored vehicle being
used to ram the walls of the makeshift fortress, but failing to break
the masked defenders of the camp threw projectiles at officers and
burned flares, while playing music and shouting obscenities at them
through a loudspeaker.
The police then brought in two siege towers made of metal rods in order to start dismantling the barricades from the top.
‘castle’ fell only after the officers weakened a part of the wall with
buzz-saws and tore it out with a towing wire attached to an APC.
that, the police made their way into the hole in the barricade and soon
started emerging, escorting Kopi’s inhabitants outside. Multiple
arrests have been made.
Members of Berlin’s radical-left scene
have been squatting at Kopenicker Street since the 1990s and were even
able to legalize their presence on the property. But the building had
been auctioned, and this June the judge ordered it to be evicted.
The Kopi was one of the last major left-wing squats in Berlin
after the police removed illegal occupants from a building in Liebig
Street and shut down the Mutiny and the Syndikat clubs over the past two