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Huge snowball fight called off amid crowd concerns

The Local · 1 Jan 2011, 11:39

Published: 01 Jan 2011 11:39 GMT+01:00

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An official at the public works office in the southeastern district of Neukölln said concerns about security and the risk of damage to trees and bushes in Hasenheide Park had led authorities to reject the plans.

The event called "Kreuzberg versus Neukölln," named after rival Berlin neighbourhoods popular with hipsters, drew about 500 snow-wielding rivals for the inaugural battle on January 10, 2010.

Organiser Ruwen Warnke advertised the January 1, 2011 follow-up on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and MySpace and generated huge interest with a video from last year's scrum. Some 8,000 said they would attend.

Due to the size, Warnke sought official approval to use Hasenheide Park but to no avail.

"A crowd of that size would be uncontrollable and that is too much to ask of the police," the public works official, who asked not to be named, told news agency AFP.

"Plus, if you had masses of people, there would inevitably be damage to the greenery in the Hasenheide."

Germany has seen unusually heavy snowfall this winter.

In late November, a playful snowball fight in the eastern city of Leipzig turned into a violent melee involving more than 500 people, with fireworks, bottles and stones thrown into the mix.

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A group of 40 people had gathered to toss snowballs at each other but the game quickly degenerated into a massive free-for-all that required police intervention. Two officers were wounded in the fray and a police car was damaged before

the group could be broken up.


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Your comments about this article

16:18 January 1, 2011 by tallady
Now there is a serious snowball thrower ...
20:03 January 1, 2011 by dcgi
It wouldn't have been nice powdery snow either, more like an ice fight :-S
10:36 January 2, 2011 by furious_angel
how do u fight with "huge snowballs"?
10:50 January 2, 2011 by Prufrock2010
Snowball fights are just part of a liberal conspiracy to undermine order. First you start with snowballs, then its molotov cocktails and everybody blames it on the nazis.
12:38 January 2, 2011 by GermanAussier
I guess we can't have a snowball fight cause it requires emotion right Prufrock? just like living by Christs laws with no emotion and obeying the laws of the universe. Now snowballs are part of the socialist agenda. It's called having fun. Douche
18:03 January 2, 2011 by wxman
I'd recommend against this. See Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1775. It didn't turn out well.
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