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Berlin artists protest against Tacheles closure

The Local · 16 Apr 2011, 16:57

Published: 16 Apr 2011 16:57 GMT+02:00

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Several hundred people showed up to the demonstration, during which the head of the "Tacheles Verein" (Tacheles Association) Martin Reiter called on Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit to find a solution to the seemingly intractable problem.

"Berlin is worth more than the investors are prepared to pay," Reiter said.

The official receiver built a 2.5-metre wall inside the art house on Tuesday to secure the building, and hired security personnel for the demonstration. Reiter called on Wowereit to "smash the wall with a hammer."

Love-Parade founder Dr. Motte also appeared to lend his support to the artists who want to stay. Addressing the crowd, Motte said, "If you sell Tacheles, you sell Berlin."

Gruppe Tacheles, representing about 80 occupants of the disputed site, recently accepted a €1 million payment to leave, but no-one knows exactly who offered the money.

A further 80 loosely grouped artists – who are separate from Gruppe Tacheles and have an antagonistic relationship with them – are staying in the property.

Wowereit showed little sympathy for the stragglers, saying the €35-million property was a good place for further development.

"You can't just throw a protective blanket over every ruin that came out of the war or the division of the city," he told Saturday's edition of Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel. "That isn't sensible urban planning."

"There are other spaces where something new can appear, and they might also disappear in 10 or 20 years," he added.

The graffiti-smothered squat has for years been the subject of a byzantine saga pitting developers and a major bank against the artists and different artist factions against one another.

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Occupied soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former Jewish department store in Berlin’s Mitte district became the capital’s best-known bohemian hang-out and a major tourist attraction.

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19:12 April 16, 2011 by dcgi
Motte said, "If you sell Tacheles, you sell Berlin."

... If Berlin sold the rights to the Mauer to private advertisers maybe, but let's put this in perspective, it'd be sad to see it go but Berlin is much more than one building with some artists in it.
20:31 April 16, 2011 by wxman
Judging from their appearance, I find it hard to believe these nimrods expect to be taken seriously.
20:56 April 16, 2011 by karldehm
Tacheles is a disgusting eye-sore that should have been torn down a long time ago. It represents nothing worth saving. Bring on the bulldozers!
21:39 April 16, 2011 by 9900lawre
The guy on the right. Is that a hat to protect him form alien mind control or a bowl for his mum to cut his hair with?

mentaly disturbed comes to mind.

Until today i did'nt realise that this place was a great european landmark.
22:57 April 16, 2011 by lordkorner
Have to agree ,its an eyesore get rid of it...
08:54 April 17, 2011 by storymann
Was there a few times long ago, when they turn the lights on in there ,it gets real ugly.

Ya bring on the bulldozers .
11:26 April 17, 2011 by Neukolln44
tell you what. why don't you go and live in Dubai? There are lots of new shiny buildings there. Clowns.
11:44 April 17, 2011 by karldehm
Ugly is ugly, whether it is new or old!
01:51 April 18, 2011 by Zlik
It's about territory. NYC sold for 24 bucks , Now what's the difference here?

Office space and "Out of reach" ( for most working sector individuals who bring in the lions share of Berlins economy ) Residential towers. No plan for low income housing at all or probably scrapped down the line. . With a kiddie park with tree's thrown in to show developers got heart. HA! Give me a break. Estimated worth in the long run is surpassing billions!
05:29 April 18, 2011 by stellasky
Tacheles is a necessary symbol, ugly or not!
16:16 April 18, 2011 by LecteurX
Soon Berlin will be covered in "Arcaden", shopping malls and soulless concrete behemoths the likes of which we can already "admire" at Alexanderplatz or Potsdamer Platz, for equally soulless mass-consumers of expensive trinkets. The rest will be hotels. I guess the clowns who commented above approvingly will be happy then.
18:15 April 18, 2011 by t-meister
why tear down a building for artist-squatters? aren't there plenty other places in the city to develop??? If the artists hadn't already made the building their own, i'd say tear it down. However, the building itself is a piece of art. and if you haven't been there to experience it yourself, you really have no place to talk.
13:35 April 19, 2011 by tallady
I can understand that some people would like this place preserved. It has a unique history from the old Jewish quarter and was formerly a Nazi prison and headquarters to the SS. Tacheles which means in Yiddish "straight talk." Is a true Berlin symbol to bad to see it go to developers.

Unfortunately the Euro rules.
19:18 June 2, 2011 by shandane
It's about as much of an eye-sore as a baby with down syndrome. That is to say, culture is Berlin's baby and demolishing a landmark instead of renovating it to spec kills tourism and human morale. We ALL need to understand that artists supply the reason for living AND newly built shopping centers, office buildings etc. raise property value in the surrounding area so it rarely, if ever, benefits the locals for a project development to sweep in. Everyone, even non art folk, should fight to keep the Tacheles open.
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