Germany: Police break up huge unauthorised Berlin park party

Berlin police intervened to break up a giant party was taking place at a park in the Neukolln district of the German capital in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to the police approximately 3,000 people were in the Volkspark Hasenheide, where music had been playing at several locations. While Berlin's iconic clubbing scene has been shut down for months due to coronavirus restrictions, many people have been illegally meeting in large groups to drink and party in Berlin's parks instead, despite large gatherings being prohibited until at least August 31st. Local residents living in the area around the park had made police complaints about the noise and the party failed to follow instructions and break up at 23:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Saturday night. The police eventually arrived and attempted to break up the party with a team of police dogs at around 02:30 local time (00.30 GMT). Though people were then asked to leave the park, participants continued the unauthorised party until around 04:30 local time (02:30 GMT), according to local news reports. The police confiscated five separate sound systems in the course of their various attempts at quashing the festivities, according to local media.

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