Alternative for Germany, or AfD, is a right-wing to far-right political party in Germany. Founded in April 2013, the AfD narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold to sit in the Bundestag during the 2013 federal election. With that being said, they are using their voice to submit a formal letter to the district fice the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area Berlin for Berghain Nightclub‘s trade license to be revoked.
The letter from the political party states the reasoning for closure. They state the rampant drug abuse, the spread sexually transmitted diseases inside the nightclub and a safety hazard to club goers with a death an American tourist who overdosed at the club last year. Overall, they label Berghain as an “irresponsible and dangerous business.”
The letter also goes after the club’s hours, stating club opening hours should be 10pm to 6am. This is in order to limit drug use and align more closely with natural sleeping patterns. They also want Berghain’s dark rooms to be lit up to prevent sexual acts.
Maximilian Schirmer, a district council representative The Left Party, posted a screenshot the request on Twitter.
Many Twitter users quickly responded in outrage. One user brought up the fact that the AfD representative responsible for the application is Sibylle Schmidt. She is heavily involved in event management. There are now theories that she may get the license revoked so she can secure the location for other business ventures.
However, the formal letter has since been withdrawn. The AfD has stated that they “are not a prohibition party” and that Schmidt was acting alone in attempting to revoke the license.
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