Although one of my blogs was titled Wagenburgers' End, when the police had eventually cleaned an illegally occupied site, it was clear that those who had been driven out would be looking for other plots of land to place their mobile homes.
Freiburg presently has three sites for wheel estates called Biohum, Eselwinkel, and Schattenparkerplatz with a total of 96 places. They are all occupied. Private and official efforts to find additional permanent space for a group of 14 Wagenburglers called Sand im Getriebe (sand in the transmission) were not successful. Between July 2013 until the beginning of April 2014 their vehicles had been tolerated on a plot belonging to the Pädagogische Hochschule (PH or university for the formation of school teachers).
|March 2014: Sand im Getriebe at the PH premises|
|April 14: Confiscating Sand im Getriebe's vehicles|
It still came as a surprise when on the morning of July 26, and without any warning 150 persons occupied the plot of land in Freiburg's suburb Hochdorf where the city had stored eleven of the confiscated vehicles belonging to Sand im Getriebe. The occupants declared their solidarity with their brothers in wheels and protested against the, what they call, illegal confiscation of April 14. The city considered the occupation as trespassing and compulsion and called in the police who cleared the place in the late evening. Ninety people involved in the occupation will face court action.
|July 26: Occupation of the Hochdorf site and banners with mixed language:|
Living in trailers is not a crime, stealing of our vehicles is.
|July 26: Asking for more space for vehicles, everywhere.|
|July 27: In front of the Rathaus: We are asking for a dialogue on equal terms. |
Space for Wagenburglers is congenial to Freiburg.
All photos are ©Badische Zeitung