How are you going to spend the celebration from April 30th to May 1st? With your family? Friends? Or maybe you decide to pay the “Rote Flora” a visit. The cultural centre is actually a wonderful place which offers many activities to celebrate various events. So the “red flower-world” may be a smooth change from the traditional May–fire, don’t you think!? Unfortunately, there’s also a dark side involving the “Flora”. It’s quite known that the area around the cultural centre is, well, quite “thriving”. Let tba explain this “thriving-activity” around the centre:
It seems to go on and on for years now – about 20 years actually – that groups with different, sometimes even outrageous, political views come together and „thrive“. As a matter of fact: It’s not “thriving” it’s brute brutality against each other because of different political views. If you have a strange sense of humour you might more or less call it “clash of the titans“. However, the important thing is that in Hamburg the place of confrontation is the “Rote Flora”.
This year will be quite exciting since this place is going to be the focus of a few demonstrations altogether. Among political disruption between left and right will be one demonstration organized by the “Rote Flora” itself. The reason for their anger is the disposal of the cultural centre to private investors. If the present owner, Klausmartin Kretschmer, decides to sell, the centre is going to close for good. The next demonstration will be shortly after the first one – remember the political tension between left and right will still be present. Good timing!
The police is of course concerned. If these masses of protestors escalate, like in 2008 when about 40 police officers were injured during street riots, it might be an disastrous celebration. However the police stated that they will observe the events. All they can do for now is to be prepared as best as they can with the hope that nothing is going to happen. Let’s hope they’re right.
There has been a turn of events though, concerning the demonstrations in front of the “Rote Flora”. Since it might turn out to be a catastrophic disaster authorities decided to shut the doors of the “Rote Flora” for this day. It seems that there would have been to many people demonstrating their various views which most probably would have escalated into not just political but – more importantly – physical fights. Who knows what the damages could have been if authorities had not decided to take this action, which is actually a first in 21 years of existence of the “Rote Flora”.
Well, if you planned to go to the cultural centre, you will be disappointed since it will be closed. At least now you know why. Fortunately for you: You are reading the tba-journal which will provide you lots of other interesting activities. As to the celebration of May 1st, it seems you have to spend this event with friends and family after all.