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Volker, a journalist I know in Tübingen, prints out the affidavit of another protester for me. Mark Pollmann accuses the authorities of calculated brutality: preventing paramedics entering the park, and using plainclothes police as agents provocateurs in the crowd. He says he witnessed one of them punching a teenager in the stomach, and concludes they wanted "to obtain pictures of violence on the part of the demonstrators … using provocative attacks to achieve violent responses".
Two dictatorships within living memory have left their mark on Germans. Many have a wary attitude to authority: this is a country where the word "gehorsam" (obedient) can be used as an insult.
Yes, the pedestrian crossing man is sacred – along with recycling and a nice, quiet lunch
One of the first noises you may hear when arriving in Germany is the sound of people tutting as they see you crossing the road before waiting for the little green man. Ignoring the red Ampelmännchen is a crime in Germany, punishable by a fine of €5 (£4.30) or more, and, outside the big cities at least, is just not the done thing. Never mind that you're in a two-horse town with one bus a day passing through: if the light is red, you wait. This is even truer in Austria, where one sleepy Sunday in Salzburg Iwas whacked on the back of the legs for ignoringthe light by an elderly woman brandishing a walking stick.
If there is a sign, you should probablyobey it. If the sauna poster tells you to shower before cooling off in the plunge pool, do it – unless you want to get into an argument with a naked German about your personal hygiene. Always carry ID. Don't cut your lawn during the Mittagsruhe (the fiercely enforced quiet time over lunch). Recycle everything. Even the grungiest station platform includes a bin separated into compartments for paper, glass and Restmüll (leftover rubbish), and woe betide you if someone spots you chucking your apple core into the wrong receptacle. If you want to argue about it, good luck: Germans are not known for backing down in an argument.
Originally posted by Shenon
Oy,at least our Police isn´t shouting,a Gun in each Hand, for you to get out of the Car ,slowly,Hands over your Head,laying down in the middle of the Road...because one of your Car lights is broke
Don't cut your lawn during the Mittagsruhe (the fiercely enforced quiet time over lunch).
Originally posted by Pervius
I find it ironic the post creator is from Mexico....talking about Germany punishing people for trivial crimes.
Mexico's been a wild west without a real government...crime enforcement...since the Spanish came to shore there and took it over. True?