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Berlin Swabians hit back with noodle attack
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Berlin Swabians hit back with noodle attack

Published: 15 Jan 2013 12:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Jan 2013 12:56 GMT+01:00

The BZ newspaper reported that the attack was aimed at the big monument of artist Käthe Kollwitz in Berlin's trendy Prenzlauer Berg district - central to the debate sparked by criticism of the Swabians voiced by former parliamentary president and local resident Wolfgang Thierse.

Now a group has set up a website calling for the creation of a "Free Swabylon" in the area around Kollwitz square - and demanding the expulsion of Thierse.

He had in a newspaper interview criticized what he said was a takeover of the neighbourhood by the southwesterners and said they needed to adapt to Berlin customs and local jargon and not the other way around.

In a manifesto published on Tuesday online, the group called for an autonomous area, and singled out the Kollwitz monument as a "symbol of the authoritarian Berlin minority" in the area.

The manifesto said the Swabian population in Berlin had lived long enough under "foreign domination and discrimination."

The group did not say if or when there would be another Spätzle attack. The paper said, however that the immigrants have shown that at least when compared to Thierse, they had a sense of humour.

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16:22 January 15, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
Hardly noticable with all the graffiti around. Not sure which is worse.
16:28 January 15, 2013 by simski
I hope this doesn't escalate into a civil war.

... wait, yes I do! A Spätzle-war would be amazing.
16:57 January 15, 2013 by yllusion
Spätzle is tasty.
19:18 January 15, 2013 by Wobinidan
@ Berlin fuer alles

I like graffiti. If you don't like it, why are you in a city that is full of it?

Anyway, I hate it when people waste good food. During the riots in Friedrichshain last year, someone threw an egg on our apartment doorbell. I'm hungry, throw that egg in my mouth. And that spaetzle
19:34 January 15, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
@wobindian

If you are hungry to somewhere you can earn a living instead of hanging around the deadbeats.

By the way I like graffiti also if it is the artistic kind. Not the mindless stains on beautiful buildings that is prevalent in Berlin.
20:41 January 15, 2013 by IchBinKönig
Please tell me nobody @theLocal ate the Spätzle off the statues head. Hardly am I reeducated enough to view foraging in dumpsters as legitimate. And now it's this.
21:50 January 15, 2013 by wood artist
Now this? Can attacks with pudding be far away? Oh, the humanity!

wa
21:59 January 15, 2013 by mitanni
@Berlin fuer alles Perhaps you'd consider those buildings in Berlin somewhat less "beautiful" if you knew a little more about their depressing history, and by that I don't just mean the Third Reich, but also the Kaiserzeit and the 19th century. Germany has a long history of totalitarian government, religious wars, political oppression, escapism, and middle class fears, and all of that dominates Berlin architecture.
22:26 January 15, 2013 by Dalmation
Hey mitanni! Are you suggesting it is OK to damage property just because of what happened in the past? Whether a building is a new one or a renovated period building it is not OK to damage them. Maybe Mitanni would prefer to keep the depressing history than to rebuild and rejuvenate. What a world we would live in then.
04:36 January 16, 2013 by wood artist
@mitanni

Show me a single major city in the world where that isn't true. The Kremlin certain has beauty, but.... Washington has beauty, but it was where slavery was sanctified. Paris? London? The list is endless, and every city with history has "bad history." Berlin is hardly unique in that regard, and, in truth, because of the damage done over the years actually has fewer original buildings from those eras than most. Dalmation hit the nail on the head. I think you're hammer probably hit your thumb.

wa
08:27 January 23, 2013 by nightynight
They have ethnic tensions between *Germans from different regions*????

I think, in London, people are glad if you just speak English these days, they're not going to complain about your accent.

Anyway, I'm with the Swabisch, Baden-Wurtemburg was part of united Germany last time I looked, so Berlin is their capital too.
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