Hamburg politican wants to ban ‘spontaneous’ parties

Hamburg politican wants to ban ‘spontaneous’ parties
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After spontaneous beach party on the exclusive North Sea island of Sylt drew 5,000 guests last weekend, a Hamburg politician says such gatherings shouldn’t be permitted.

Hamburg Interior Minister Christoph Ahlhaus told the daily Bild in an interview published Tuesday that he wants to prevent similar parties from taking place in his city.

“It’s not acceptable that thousands can spontaneously party and then the community has to clean up the trash and pay for the consequences,” Ahlhaus told the newspaper.

Christoph Stüber had invited a couple of dozen friends to join him on the beach last Saturday night. The 26 year-old’s invitation spread around the internet and quickly over 13,000 people RSVP’d.

Though ‘only’ 5,000 guests showed up, over 100 police from the mainland were sent to Sylt to keep order and the local railway ordered extra cars into service to handle the expected onslaught.

Police took 14 guests into custody and one officer was slightly injured breaking up a fight. Over a dozen drunk youths were treated by the German Red Cross, which had brought ten ambulances to the event.

The post-party clean up could cost at least €20,000 according to initial estimates cited by Bild.

Party organisers should be made responsible for the costs of such events, Ahlhaus said, adding that he planned to look into modifying the law.

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