BERLIN — A creative attempt by a downtown Berlin park manager to keep drug dealers away from families and joggers has been met with a fat “nein” from German public officials.
Park manager Cengiz Demirci marked certain areas in the popular Goerlitzer Park with pink spray-painted lines for the drug dealers to stand behind, with the intention of keeping them away from playgrounds and a small animal farm for children, among other areas.
But federal drug chief Marlene Mortler slammed the whole idea shut, on Thursday, as appearing to give dealers a “license to trade”.
And the capital’s top security official, Interior Minister Andreas Geisel, said Mr. Demirci’s idea would not be adopted by the city. He says: “Police are fighting drug trafficking, including the Goerlitzer Park.”
Local media reported that drug dealers weren’t planning on standing behind the non-permanent pink-painted lines anyway.