From the BZ editorial team
The spook is over – it’s about time! Up to 50 punks (“For more social justice”) populated the celebrity island of Sylt for more than three months.
First they camped in front of the Wilhelmine, then in front of the town hall, a trip to Kampen was also on the program and caused uneasiness in the millionaire village.
There were complaints about noise, dirt and legacies. Monday the decision of the Schleswig Higher Administrative Court: The punks have to clear their camp.
On Wednesday morning, 120 police officers with helmets and clubs arrived to enforce the verdict. At the same time, Sylt’s mayor Nikolas Häckel (48, independent) tried three times with a megaphone to persuade the punks to withdraw.
With success! The 18 island occupiers stow their belongings and head towards the train station. From there you can take a group ticket (9.90 euros/person) back to the mainland. Mayor Häckel is relieved: “A non-violent evacuation was always our goal.”
The site has now been cleared, the rubbish disposed of, a new lawn laid out and a site fence erected. Häckel: “Everything is clean.”
And who pays for that? The mayor: “We’ll charge the organizer for the costs.” Let’s see if there’s anything to be had…