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Covid-19 deniers set off explosive device in Berlin

An explosive device detonated in Berlin's Invalidenstraße this weekend. Apparently, the attack was caused by opponents of the Corona measures in Germany. Nobody was injured, the investigations are ongoing.

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Police prohibit demo but do not break it up
Archive image from "hygiene demonstration" 29.08.2020 in Berlin
Archive image from "hygiene demonstration" 29.08.2020 in Berlin Credit: Thomas Neugerriemschneider / Wikimedia Commons

The police spoke of about 2000 people who gathered on Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district to protest the Covid-19 measures in Germany. Many of them ignored the required social distancing and mask rules. The police let most of the participants walk the planned demo route along Karl-Marx-Allee without being disturbed, even though these people violated the conditions of the demonstration.

At about 4 p.m. the demonstration was ended by the organizers, as the Berlin police announced on Twitter.

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Berlin police break up fetish party with 600 guests
Berlin police break up fetish party with 600 guests
Credit: Courtesy of Twitter / Polizei Berlin Einsatz

Police dissolve fetish party - a violation of Corona rules Hundreds of people met at a fetish party in Berlin - despite the current Corona contact restrictions.

A fetish party with about 600 guests in a location in Berlin-Mitte came to an abrupt end on Saturday evening. Officials of the Berlin police and the federal police disbanded the event at the Alte Münze. "There were simply too many for too little space," the police said later that evening. The guests were released into the Berlin night and sent home. Close-meshed controls at the weekend On Saturday, the Berlin police used hundreds of task forces to check whether people were following the Corona rules.

About 1,000 police officers were to be on duty during the course of the day, half of them from the federal police.

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Berlin court overturn 11 pm Covid-19 curfew for restaurants and bars in the city
Berlin court overturn 11 pm Covid-19 curfew for restaurants and bars in the city
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A Berlin court suspended the 11 pm curfew on bars and restaurants that was in effect for a week. The court stated there was no evidence that establishments sticking to the existing rules on mask-wearing and social distancing contributed to an increase in the infection rates.

The court ruling was in response to a legal action brought by restaurant owners who contested the curfew, but not a ban on the sale of alcohol after 11 pm.

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Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
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In recent weeks and months, various right-wing extremist chat groups by police officers have been uncovered throughout Germany. After Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia, the first such case became known to the Berlin police at the beginning of October.

As it turns out today, Wednesday, not an isolated case. Once again a WhatsApp group, this time from Berlin police students, became known in which right-wing extremist memes and symbols were also sent to each other. Criminal investigations were initiated against the suspects.

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Berlin house project evicted by Police
Berlin house project evicted by Police
Credit: Courtesy Niklas Franzen via Twitter

The anarchic-queer-feminist house project Liebig34, in Berlin, was evacuated by court order Friday morning. Protests by opponents of the eviction took place even before the eviction began. The protests continued throughout the day and are still active. Clear clashes between police officers and demonstrators are visible.

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Berlin: First curfew in 70 years amid Covid-19 case surge
Berlin: First curfew in 70 years amid Covid-19 case surge
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Starting Saturday, Berlin's bars, restaurants and local shops will have to close between 11 pm, and 6 am, the Berlin Senate said announcing the first curfew in 70 years. The new curfew-period also forbids private gatherings of more than five people and nighttime meetings in parks. Daytime gatherings of more than 10 people will also be banned under the new rules. Gas stations can remain open during the night but are not allowed to sell alcohol during curfew hours.

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Berlin police starts criminal procedures over right wing chat group by police officers
Berlin police starts criminal procedures over right wing chat group by police officers
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According to a report, a chat with racist content has appeared in the ranks of the Berlin police. The authorities have started investigations.

It is said to be the internal chat of a service group of the Berlin police, in which more than 25 officers are said to have exchanged information. The report says that seven officers in particular regularly made clear racist statements, often in the form of alleged jokes. Colleagues had often commented on the statements with approval.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
New still in construction Berlin airport uses outdated Windows XP
New still in construction Berlin airport uses outdated Windows XP
Credit: Florian Schmidt courtesy Twitter

With a delay of almost nine years, the new Berlin airport is scheduled to be opened on the last day of October. A journalist from t-online has now spotted that parts of the IT systems at the Berlin airport still run on an outdated version of Windows XP that lost support my Microsoft latest in April 2019.

The system has been spotted in an elevator. Currently, it is unclear if the system is connected to the internet or to an internal network leaving the security implications unclear.

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Navalny: Russian apartment seized and bank accounts frozen
Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny Credit: Evgeny Feldman (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Russian opposition figured Alexei Navalny had his Russian apartment seized and his bank accounts frozen after a court order while recovering from suspected poisoning in a Hospital in Berlin, Germany, so his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.

"They seized the assets and the apartment of a person who was in a coma," Yarmysh said. "This means the flat cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged."

The move comes after a lawsuit was filed by the Moscow Schoolchild catering company, which is owned by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin who is known as "Putin's chef".

Science • Medicine
Berlin: 470 fines against mask grouches
Berlin: 470 fines against mask grouches
Credit: BVG

Between the beginning of July and the beginning of September, the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) imposed only 470 contractual penalties for violating the mouth and nose covering. This emerges from a request to the Berlin Senate from an AfD MP. If the acceptance was 70% at peak times, according to the BVG, around 95% of passengers would now adhere to the Corona regulations.

Health
Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
Germany: Berlin selected as new location for national cancer center
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A new center for the fight against cancer is to be built in Berlin. The German capital has been chosen as one of four new locations for the National Center for Tumor Diseases, as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced on Wednesday. Existing locations are Heidelberg and Dresden.

The Governing Mayor Michael Müller has stated that Berlin "plays a key role in decisively advancing cancer research and developing new approaches in the early detection and treatment of cancer". The new center will have 10,000 square meters and contain research laboratories, an outpatient clinic and an information center.

Business • Real Estate, Housing & Infrastructure
Norwegian billionaire buys almost 4000 apartments in Berlin
Norwegian billionaire buys almost 4000 apartments in Berlin
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The Norwegian billionaire and adventurer Ivar Tollefsen enters the Berlin market for residential real estate through the Swedish housing group Heimstaden Bostad, which he controls. For approximately €830 million he will buy 3902 apartments in central situations of Berlin, according to Heimastaden Bostad.

According to the company, the rental space totals 282,000 square meters. This means that these are smaller apartments and stores with an average floor area of just under 67 square meters.

Protest against the project has already been organized in some apartment buildings. The Berlin district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has stated that they are examining the possiblity of a exercising a pre-emptive right of purchase.

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Navalny has been discharged from Berlin hospital
Navalny has been discharged from Berlin hospital
Credit: @ChariteBerlin via Twitter

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been discharged from the Berlin Charité hospital. He had been treated for 32 days at the hospital after being poisoned in Russia.

The hospital has stated that "the patient's state of health has improved to such an extent that the acute medical treatment could be terminated".

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Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
Credit: Alexei Navalny Instagram

On his Instagram account, the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been pictured walking down stairs, days after the Charité hospital in Berlin said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently.

In the Instagram post, Navalny wrote: "Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one."

He also stated "Quite recently, I did not recognize people and did not understand how to talk," Navalny wrote. "Every morning the doctor came to me and said: Alexey, I brought a board, let's figure out which word we can write on it. This drove me to despair because although I understood in general what the doctor wanted, I did not understand where to get the words from."

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Navalny was poisoned with Novichok at his hotel, not at the airport
Screenshot of Navalny's Instagram post
Screenshot of Navalny's Instagram post Credit: Alexei Navalny

Novichok, the nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Tomsk. His team now believes that he was poisoned in that hotel room, not at the airport as they had initially suspected.

In a video posted on Navalny's Instagram, his aides are seen collecting items from the hotel room an hour after they learned he had fallen sick in suspicious circumstances.

Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight in Russia last month and was transferred to Berlin for treatment. Germany says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, while Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.

Law
Protection of the Constitution: Event at the Reichstag could not be foreseen
Reichstag
Reichstag Credit: Dennis Jarvis (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After an analysis, the Berlin Office for the Protection of the Constitution classified the events on the stairs of the Reichstag on August 29, in the context of the Corona demonstration in the House of Representatives. According to the security authorities, the action was spontaneous and unpredictable. There were announcements on the Internet, but these were classified as verbal aggression together with the State Criminal Police Office.

A total of around 2,500 to 3,000 people from the Reich citizen scene and other right-wing extremist organizations took part in demonstrations in Berlin this weekend.

Law
Germany reports that drug trafficking is consistently high despite Corona
Germany reports that drug trafficking is consistently high despite Corona
Credit: Markus Spiske

The drug trade continues to flourish despite Corona and thanks to digital sales channels. In 2019, the offenses in this context continued to increase, with cocaine in particular increasing.

The German "Federal Criminal Police Office's report on drug crime 2019" shows an increase of 2.6% compared to the previous year.

Above all, the sales channels in the Darknet would take retail off the street and make investigations more difficult. The Berlin trend of so-called "coke taxis" (mobile delivery) would also increase constantly.

The federal government would like to continue to focus on prevention, especially in schools.

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Navalny out of his medically induced coma, responds to verbal stimuli

The Berlin university hospital Charité has announced that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny "has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation".

Navalny is able to respond to verbal stimulation, but "it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning".

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Merkel condemns 'shameful' Covid-19 parliament protest
Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel Credit: Philipp (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Monday, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned as "shameful" an attempt by protesters angry at Covid-19 restrictions to storm parliament, saying they had abused the right to demonstrate peacefully.

Several hundred people tried to get into the Reichstag building during a rally against coronavirus rules in Berlin on Saturday.