• Germany's news in English
 

Ministers call for Facebook parties ban

Published: 03 Jul 2011 11:30 GMT+02:00

“If public safety and order are endangered, then Facebook parties will have to be banned beforehand,” Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. If these sorts of mass gatherings are already taking place, then they should be broken up, he added.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Ralf Jäger voiced similar concerns. “If, in advance of an announced Facebook party, there are concrete indications of a danger to the participants or third parties, then it is the duty of the local authorities to ban the party,” he told the same paper.

At the beginning of June a young girl made the mistake of posting an invitation to her 16th birthday party on Facebook without marking it private. Around 1,600 uninvited guests turned up to the party in Hamburg, necessitating the deployment of 100 police officers. Eleven of those attending the party were detained on charges of aggravated battery and property damage.

Later that month police officers in several cities were called in to break up parties organised over Facebook. At a spontaneous party in Wuppertal that attracted 800 guests, 16 people were injured and there were 41 arrests after things got out of hand.

Schünemann of Lower Saxony said that the states should apply the existing laws consistently and improve their educational work with young people and parents.

He recommended the introduction of an “Internet Driving License” in schools, to explain the dangers of Facebook. “Young people often don’t realize what they are getting into,” he said.

The local authorities should also present parents with the bill for the costs associated with the parties. “They would have to cover the costs of the damages and clearing up. That can run to several thousand euros.”

Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann warned that a harmless birthday invitation can quickly turn into a “massive security problem” with unforeseen consequences. For the host that can sometimes lead to “immense costs,” as the aim of many of these “party guests” is often to go on the rampage, he claimed.

“If there is an investigation into criminal offenses, the initiator should if possible pay for the costs of the police operation,” he told the newspaper.

DPA/smd

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:35 July 3, 2011 by asteriks
If the owner didn't call police than the state send them, the state should pay to the police. Politicians imagine threat, there is no threat if 11 people are arrested and there were 1600 people. 11 is nothing, in many cafe bars and clubs 11 people can participate in fight anytime. Politicians just produce damage and they don't like when people enjoy, they would like just that people become slaves who produce money for riches in factories and riches finance politicians.
12:44 July 3, 2011 by bartschaff
Oh... banning gatherings sounds very bad.

I am sure that, some months ago, the Egyptian government, among others, would have loved to have a law in place prohibiting meetings organized via Facebook...
17:05 July 3, 2011 by catjones
If only Facebook were used for good and not evil. The horror of it.

Let's also limit parades to less than 10 people. I can't stand crowds and I want things my way.
17:08 July 3, 2011 by Englishted
He recommended the introduction of an ¦quot;Internet Driving License¦quot; in schools, to explain the dangers of Facebook.

If in doubt give out a piece of paper ,soon you will need one to eat ,sleep, walk,breath.
17:40 July 3, 2011 by willowsdad
Rather, if in doubt pass a stupid and restrictive law...
19:31 July 3, 2011 by Englishted
@willowsdad,

Hope you have the right paperwork for this true comment.
07:13 July 4, 2011 by toemag
And while they are at it throw the GG in the trash can. They will be introducing laws next that ban those who haven't done "Voters driving licence", from voting ;-)
15:34 July 4, 2011 by catjones
@subhendra...Brilliant! You must be German too.

I invite you to my house for dinner and you have an accident outside my house. Surely I am responsible since the accident wouldn't have occurred if I hadn't offered the invite.
Today's headlines
Constitutional Court allows 'FCK CPS' sticker

Constitutional Court allows 'FCK CPS' sticker

The Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday that it is within someone's right to freedom of expression to wear the FCK CPS logo, but only if the insult is aimed at police in general. READ  

Germany's 'other genocide' in Namibia
Protests in 2014 about the recognition of the Herero genocide. Photo: DPA

Germany's 'other genocide' in Namibia

Between 1904 and 1907 German colonial rulers in Namibia attempted to exterminate a whole section of the native population, in another horrific chapter of history campaigners are calling on the country to face up to. READ  

Nepal earthquake
At least one German confirmed dead in Nepal
Search and rescue efforts are ongoing in Nepal. Photo:DPA

At least one German confirmed dead in Nepal

The Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Local on Tuesday that one German citizen was killed in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. READ  

Germany may have 10m fewer people by 2060
Photo: DPA

Germany may have 10m fewer people by 2060

If low birth rates and high death rates continue as they are now, a major decline in Germany’s population is “inevitable,” the federal statistics office (Destatis) reported on Tuesday. READ  

Opinion
Germany should fear Brexit more than Grexit
British Pime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership. Photo: DPA

Germany should fear Brexit more than Grexit

With all European – and especially German – eyes on Greece, Michael Wohlgemuth asks why the EU isn't more worried about a British exit from the Union. READ  

Police shoot man dead in Rhineland-Palatinate
Photo: DPA

Police shoot man dead in Rhineland-Palatinate

A 40-year-old man died in hospital in Grünstadt, Rhineland Palatinate after being shot by police on Monday evening. READ  

Daimler hit with Greek corruption charges
German soldiers in a 'Unimog' truck made by Daimler. Photo: DPA

Daimler hit with Greek corruption charges

Greek prosecutors announced on Monday they are bringing charges against several Daimler managers, who they say were involved in multi-million euro bribes to Greek authorities. READ  

Germany's surrender order under the hammer
Admiral Dönitz (m) with Albert Speer (l) and General Alfred Jodl (r). Photo: DPA

Germany's surrender order under the hammer

Marooned on a naval base in northwest Germany, pinned down by advancing Allied forces and Adolf Hitler dead, the last leader of the Third Reich hammered out the surrender order. READ  

Merkel not yet 'Mutti' of the Twittersphere
Photo: DPA

Merkel not yet 'Mutti' of the Twittersphere

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the only G7 leader not to have a Twitter account, according to a report on the social network released on Tuesday. READ  

Kindergarten wage negotiations fail
Photo: DPA

Kindergarten wage negotiations fail

The public services union Ver.di announced on Monday evening that negotiations over a pay increase for Kindergarten teachers had failed. Strikes will start at the end of next week and go on for an indefinite period. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Smart kids all want to work for BMW
National
Arms firms get a 'must do better' mark on ethics
Sport
Bayern's anticlimactic 25th Bundesliga win
Gallery
German beer day: take the tour
Features
Off to Norway at 18 km/hour
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
10 things you didn’t know about Zagreb (and why you should go)
Gallery
The smileys Germans love to text
Sponsored Article
What expat parents should ask before choosing a school
National
Expats face Monday deadline to register to vote for UK election
Politics
A Greek learning politics in Germany
Features
The battle of the "Gates of Berlin"
National
Germany's favourite baby names of 2014
National
Germany's 'very poor' lobbying record
National
VIDEO: Mario Draghi suffers anti-ECB confetti attack
Politics
Merkel's 15 years at the top of German politics
Features
Spice up asparagus season with The Local's serving suggestions
Travel
Lowest of the low: how woman exploited Germanwings crash
Sport
Football and the €30,000 firework
Technology
Why scientists oppose killer robots
National
Germanwings co-pilot 'searched suicide info'
Technology
Electrifying 'Ostalgia'
National
Which city is Germany's worst for drivers?
National
'Cannibal cop' gets 8 years
Can the 'nightmare' of a pilot downing a plane be prevented?
National
LIVE: Co-pilot suspected of crashing plane
Pupils mourn lost classmates
National
Freed after 25 years on death row
National
Cologne Cathedral returns from space
Features
Paddy's Day, Berlin style
Is your workload 'out of control'? You're not alone...
National
Why east Germans are happy to get it on on camera
National
What would you do with a 250-year-old pretzel?
Features
Just why is the German flag Schwarz, Rot, Gold?
Business & Money
Getting German workers and bosses thinking positive
National
Uplifting thoughts to get you through the last week of winter
National
Who wants the Olympics more - Hamburg or Berlin?
National
Last-minute drama of Germany's Eurovision 2015 entry
National
German photographer takes world's top prize
Features
Meet the woman getting Germans to drink more – and better – beer
Gallery
Get inspired for International Women's Day with German heroes
Green party proposes first-ever cannabis legalization plan
Gallery
In pictures: Germany's seven most livable cities
National
Singapore canes Germans for train graffiti
Politics
Surprise! Germans love feeling like they run the EU
Politics
Anger over plan to show women what men earn
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

7,215
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd
?>