Berlin – freedom of expression

Another thing you notice about Berlin is the extent to which freedom of expression surrounds you wherever you are. Everyone is familiar with the images of the old Berlin Wall, which weren’t famous because the grey concrete was anything special to look at; it attracted attention because of the vibrant defacement that people felt it needed, to stamp human identity on what was otherwise a structure built specifically to separate and dehumanise a city community.

Berlin’s history from a few decades further back in time needs no introduction, but when you wander round Berlin today you get a sense that those responsible for that period of history would, were they around today, be appalled by the extent to which personal freedom thrives in Berlin. The city’s rebellious personality is ubiquitous, as is its unique mix of global business and party loving culture. Berlin leads the world in dance and techno music, as well as other areas of modern popular culture, all flowing from the diversity of races, backgrounds and orientations that make up its population. The old regime would absolutely hate it – which must surely be the highest form of praise you can get.

One area which is getting special attention from the locals is the redevelopment of areas of the former East Berlin ¬†around the river Spree. Local squatters have made their views very clear, while occupants of one of the huge empty communist buildings on the river front are a little more forceful in their language, if you look carefully…

We don't want no yuppie flats - Berlin

Media Spree - Berlin


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