- Title: Wall built near refugee centre, to cut 'noise pollution', causes anger
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: MUNICH-NEUPERLACH, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) REFUGEE SHELTER / WALL VARIOUS OF WALL BEING ERECTED VARIOUS OF CHAIR OF RAMERSDORF-PERLACH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, THOMAS KAUER, TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) CHAIR OF RAMERSDORF-PERLACH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, THOMAS KAUER, SAYING: "It (the decision to build that wall) goes back to a ruling of the Bavarian Administrative Court which has accepted that the residents here will suffer from noise pollution if some 160 youths move in here and play here at the sports ground." MECHANICAL DIGGER AT WALL (SOUNDBITE) (German) CHAIR OF RAMERSDORF-PERLACH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, THOMAS KAUER, SAYING: "Firstly, I have to say, the wall has been under construction for some three weeks. And until last weekend, it had not caused any reaction. Then on the weekend, there was a video on the Internet and there literally was a wave of reaction. And they started with a lack of comprehension about the height of the wall and ended with things which I cannot accept in a constitutional state." VARIOUS OF BUILDERS ERECTING WALL WALL (SOUNDBITE) (German) RESIDENT EDMUND BALZER, SAYING: "I don't think it's right that people are being caged in. Sure, there needs to be a fence around it - that is the case at every nursery. But not this kind of fortification." (SOUNDBITE) (German) RESIDENT MANFRED STOCKERT, SAYING: "You can think about the migration issue what you like, but someone did not use their capacities here. That is a foolish act. Four metres and it looks awful from the inside." (SOUNDBITE) (German) RESIDENT PETRA SCHMELZ, SAYING: "I was surprised that something like this is possible in our time. That it gets a permit." VARIOUS OF WALL WITH SHELTER IN BACKGROUND SHELTER VARIOUS OF WALL
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 20:22
- Keywords: refugees wall Germany barrier 'noise pollution'
- Location: MUNICH-NEUPERLACH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH-NEUPERLACH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L3NT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The erection of a four-metre-high (12 feet) wall to separate a refugee centre from residential homes in a Munich suburb has divided politicians and local people.
The barrier is being completed in advance of the opening of the centre in Neuperlach, in March or April 2017.
A row blew up when local independent politician Guido Bucholtz posted a video of the construction juxtaposed with images of the Berlin Wall in 1989, German media said.
Local official Thomas Kauer said the authorities had authorised the construction of the barrier to protect local residents from "noise pollution".
He expressed surprise at the reaction of Bucholtz' video.
Local people, who talked to Reuters, seemed taken aback by the size of wall.
"I don't think it's right that people are being caged in. Sure, there needs to be a fence around it - that is the case at every nursery. But not this kind of fortification," Edmund Balzer said.
"You can think about the migration issue what you like, but someone did not use their capacities here. That is a foolish act. Four metres and it looks awful from the inside," Manfred Stockert said.
In order to comply with sound proof guidelines, the wall was erected on a soil ridge which makes it even higher on the shelter side because the site of the shelter is lower than the surrounding houses.
The wall is being seen as particularly significant because it will be higher than the Berlin Wall, which stood at a height of 3.6 metres (11.8 ft.).
More than 1 million asylum seekers reached Germany in 2015, as part of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
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