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German park tries out designated zones for drug dealers

The idea was intended to keep dealers away from families.

(Michael Sohn/AP)
(Michael Sohn/AP)

A creative attempt by a downtown Berlin park manager to keep drug dealers away from families and joggers has been met with an emphatic “nein” from German officials.

Cengiz Demirci demarcated certain areas in the popular Goerlitzer Park with pink spray-painted lines for the dealers to stand behind, with the intention of keeping them away from playgrounds and a small farm for children, among other places.

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Drug dealers were not too hot on the idea either, according to local media (Michael Sohn/AP)

But federal drug czar Marlene Mortler slammed the idea as appearing to give dealers “licence to trade”.

And the capital’s top security official, Interior Minister Andreas Geisel, said Demirci’s idea would not be adopted by the city. He said: “Police are fighting drug trafficking, including in Goerlitzer Park.”

Local media reported that drug dealers weren’t planning on standing behind the non-permanent lines anyway.

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