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After violence, fearful Wuppertal tries to ban Facebook shindig

The Local · 22 Jun 2011, 11:07

Published: 22 Jun 2011 11:07 GMT+02:00

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The party invitation – apparently sent over Facebook by a 16-year-old – had attracted 1,600 replies before officials decided the event would be too dangerous for the narrow city street where it was scheduled to take place.

The concern comes in the wake of a series of parties organized anonymously on the internet, that have sometimes devolved into chaos and spurred calls for government solutions.

An incident in Wuppertal over the weekend made municipal authorities particularly nervous: 16 people were injured after a Facebook party attracted about 800 revellers and spun out of control.

There have been similar episodes across Germany, including a 250-person shindig in Munich’s subway that terrified normal passengers and a 1,500-person party for a 16-year-old Hamburg girl that turned violent and forced 100 police officers to respond.

Cities across the country have expressed deep concern and are trying to take proactive action against potentially large Facebook parties. Last week, Aachen banned one such party from being held in a city park. Düsseldorf’s mayor has threatened massive fines for people who organize unauthorized parties in city parks.

Officials have discretion to ban such events in advance if there is clear evidence acts of vandalism or violence could occur, although the anonymous nature of social networking makes it hard to do so.

The police union GdP said internet party organizers could be ordered to pay costs incurred by police, fire fighters or paramedics dealing with out-of-control crowds.

This week, another police union DPolG also called on legislators to put new laws in place to make it easier for police to pro-actively ban wild parties in advance.

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Your comments about this article

15:27 June 22, 2011 by delvek
Send them the bill in a birthday card.

Cant wait for governments to shutdown Facebook, tired of hearing about it.
17:25 June 22, 2011 by german-guardian
@ delvek

your argument is baseless.
19:42 June 22, 2011 by Englishted
fearful Wuppertal .

Is it a song bit like wonderful Copenhagen?
20:15 June 22, 2011 by Soonerdiver
Breakout the water cannons... should take care of any problems that arise!
01:28 June 23, 2011 by german-guardian
@ Englishted

@ Soonerdiver

Go back to England and tell that to your people
06:20 June 23, 2011 by starsh3ro
not that anything could make wuppertal any worse. its already the eyesore of northrhine westfalia.
09:41 June 23, 2011 by delvek
@ German-Guardian,

My comment is based ... based on MY opinion that Facebook is bad and the government for the welfare of its people should (and will one day) shut it down.
13:41 July 6, 2011 by ColoSlim
these parties are not organized. I think the authorities and the local are missing the point. It is but a suggestion that creates these events. If not facebook it would be another collaborative method that propogates the message.
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