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After the attack in Strasbourg : police security measures on Berlin's Christmas markets

The Berlin police increased after the attack in the French city of Strasbourg, the security arrangements on the local Christmas markets. "The measures," said a police spokesman on Wednesday morning. "We are in close exchange of information with the police." While there is as yet no evidence that the assassin of Strasbourg have Connections to Berlin, it had, however, been already taken. Appropriate instructions have gone out on Wednesday to the local directorates.

Also Berlin's interior Senator Andreas hostage (SPD) said on Wednesday. "The plot of Strasbourg shows that the terrorist threat remains high. This also applies to Berlin," said a hostage to the daily mirror. "The police is prepared and protects visible and covert means the Christmas markets in our city. We are prepared for the different attack scenarios, not only on crossover acts."

hostage: "We must not let ourselves be intimidated."

in Spite of all precautions, however, it had to be clear to all: There is no hundred percent protection in open societies, such as in the Federal Republic of Germany. "Those who say, give a security promise, you can't redeem," said hostage. At the same time, the Senator warned: "We must not let ourselves be intimidated and our life style change. If we do, have achieved the terrorists ' goal.“

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measures would be reviewed on the basis of the new findings, from Strasbourg, in each case, and adjusted if appropriate, said the spokesman. Already now the police show a high presence, for example, by officials who are armed with submachine-guns and to the Christmas markets of patrol.

civil officials to monitor the situation

The police spokesman said: Should be strengthened the measures, means, however, that the number of visible officers will be significantly increased. The tightening of safety precautions may be visible, such as by fences, protection zones or more uniformed police officers. It also measures would not be possible for the visitors visible, the spokesman said.

In clear text this means: The police are also civil officers on the road, to watch the location to the Christmas markets. The Berlin police guarantee together with the organisers of the Christmas markets, "a comprehensive basic protection".

The police spokesman pointed out that the terrorist threat was classified in the Federal Republic of Germany, in any case, in the abstract. Nevertheless, Berlin has reacted to the terrorist attack from the Breitscheidplatz at the 19. December 2016-sensitive. The situation is also likely to be a topic in the weekly security round the inside of Senator Andreas hostage (SPD) issue, which will be held every Wednesday morning.

secured Breitscheidplatz by steel mesh baskets

The attack on the Christmas market at the memorial Church anniversary in a week for the second Time. The Islamist anise Amri was killed in the attack twelve people and injuring dozens. The workup of the attack was not yet complete. When dealing with Amri numerous glitches were the authorities.

For the Christmas market on the Breitscheidplatz, the security measures have been tightened already. But they are geared primarily to the fact that a Terrorist can not take control again of a Truck in the Christmas market and thus kill people. To prevent a large number of steel mesh baskets, with gravel-filled plastic containers, metal bollards and concrete blocks.

The arrangements at the Breitscheidplatz, the limit of the road, are part of a model project of the Senate interior administration. The other Christmas markets in the city are protected. This includes inlet controls include, in part, also larger bags are not allowed.

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