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A Community Garden in Berlin Friedrichshain

- Press Release -

What happened on march 14th 2008?

The extensive destruction
of the community garden "Rosa Rose" in Berlin Friedrichshain


--- but we don't give up ---

On March 12. or 13. Steffen Kreutzer from the company Gefiplan (the new owner of the lot) received the building permit for Kinzigstrasse 11.
On march 14th at 7 AM he arrived, accompanied by construction workers with chainsaws and a skid loader as well as a handful of Police Officers, to put a fence around the lot. As soon as the 40 or so gardeners and sympathizers began to gather to peacefully protest against the erection of the fence, the Police called for backup and their numbers were increased to 30, now including crowd control forces. The protesters were pushed and dragged away with unnecessary force and violence. Two people were arrested.
The construction workers then entered the garden under Police protection and began their demolition job. They destroyed garden beds, cut up the bar with a chainsaw, and wrecked the clay-oven.
The gardeners and neighbors watched in disbelief. With the permission of the construction workers some of the plants were saved.
A small piece of the garden is located on the Kinzigstrasse 13 lot and remained outside the new fence. The next day several gardeners gathered to plant new beds – as a signal that the struggle for "Rosa Rose", a self organized community garden, is not yet over.
The gardeners continue to insist they have a right to use the space and demand acknowledgment for the community work achieved there and the value of the flowering development of authentic neighborhood involvement.
It is not too late to stop the construction – the garden-initiative continues to fight for "Rosa Rose".

The community garden "Rosa Rose" is a prime example of the urgent need for change in urban management strategies and distribution of power. Other self-organized, non-commercial projects are threatened as well. Specifically for gardens and similar projects we call for the following:

1. Fast-tracked building permits are to be abolished and legislation is to be enacted to guarantee real civic participation.

2. A permanent moratorium on undeveloped lots in the inner city should be sanctioned. The real estate administered by the Liegenschaftsfonds Berlin is to be opened up to the needs of the residents and their communities instead of being marketed to profit-oriented investors.

3. A financial fund is to be established by the Berlin Senate to provide immediate financial support for civic initiatives such as "Rosa Rose" with the possibility of long-term repayment plans.

4. The value of civic volunteer work is to be prioritized over private or corporate investment strategies.

5. Initiatives like "Rosa Rose" should be credited for their role in taking care of green spaces. Costs for water, plants, and other materials, as well as signifigant cultural and community enrichment opportunities are covered privately as a contribution to the community.

6. Initiatives like "Rosa Rose" not only protect green spaces but also enhance neighbourhood community. This needs considerably higher support and appraisal since it not only contributes to the originality of Berlin but also plays an important role in mitigating social conflicts, thereby comprehensively fulfilling the criteria outlined in the Local Agenda 21 program.

7. Food sovereignty is a valuable goal, since projects like "Rosa Rose" enable people to grow their own food for consumption and even vend excess produce at local markets.

8. A city-wide coordination office for neighborhood initiatives is to be established to provide advice and support to such initiatives.

The neighborhood initiative "Rosa Rose"




Danke fuer die Offenheit Herr Kreutzer 14.03.2008
- Der Kommentar der Nachbarschaft zu den Geschehnissen im und um den Garten - am 14. März 2008


Nachbarschaftsgarten Rosa Rose von Räumung bedroht!



Der Nachbarschaftsgarten Rosa Rose hat vor kurzem Post bekommen von der BAG Immoblien GmbH, die sich als Eigentümerin der Flächen Kinzigstrasse 13 und 15 ausgibt. Sie gibt bekannt, dass sie die GHG Berlin mbH mit dem Verkauf der Grundstücke beauftragt hat und forderte Rosa Rose trotz klar bekundeter Kaufabsichten seitens Rosa Rose auf, die Flächen bis zum 10. Januar zu räumen.

Für die Fläche der Kinzigstrasse 11 ist der derzeitige Eigentümer Rosa Rose seit dem 16.01.2008 bekannt. Auch diese Fläche würde Rosa Rose gerne erwerben. Als Kaufpreis für die zwei Grundstücke 13 und 15 wurde Rosa Rose eine Summe von 1,2 Millionen genannt, was dem 2,3fachen Wert entspricht.

Freunde des Gartens haben längst Schritte eingeleitet, um den Kauf der Grundstücke, auf denen sich der Garten und der Hundeplatz befindet, vorzubereiten. Solche Summen sind jedoch nicht nur schwer für
ehrenamtliche Normalbürger aufzubringen, sondern auch dermassen überhöht, dass der Eindruck entsteht, sie seien u.U. zur Abschreckung formuliert.

Wir appellieren nun an alle Interessierten, zu helfen, da wir der Meinung sind, die Stadtbevölkerung muss eingreifen, wo ein solch wertvolles Stück an selbstorganisiertem und bis hierhin selbstfinanziertem Bürgerengagements sowie Stadtnatur und Bildungsraum im dicht besiedelten Friedrichshain Gefahr läuft, zerstört zu werden. Es muss Möglichkeiten geben, die Flächen für den Gemeinschaftsgarten Rosa Rose zu erhalten.

Alle Aktiven sind auch weiterhin bereit, viel Zeit und Arbeit in das Projekt (inklusive Finanzierungsplanung) hineinzustecken, aber es braucht mehr Unterstützung und Schutz !!!

Der Flyer mit Spendeninfo für das Kaufvorhaben steht auf der website zum Download:
http://www.rosarose-garten.net/de/downloads

Rosa Rose !

Die Rosa Rose MUSS einfach bleiben
Die Rosa Rose MUSS einfach bleiben - fotographiert von Margret Thieme 2008 (Copyleft)



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