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November 7th, 2017
A new playground structure resembling a mini-mosque located in the heavily Muslim-populated Berlin suburb of Neukölln has caused an outcry from Germans who say the structure is not appropriate.
The playground, which is located on Walterstrasse, features camels, palm trees, and a domed structure with a crescent moon finial. While the designers claim the structures are a homage to the classic tale, “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves”, many local residents have been deeply critical, Berliner Zeitung reports.
A play tower with a half moon, an oriental market vendor and camels – this is what a new playground on Walterstraße in Neukölln looks like, which will open in the coming days.
At the Berlin CDU, the playground provides for a shake of the head.
“Of course, one could describe the design as original,” said Burkard Dregger, spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group on integration policy. “Or simply as idiocy.”
And further: “Presumably, this very questionable project has been thought up by any official, who thinks he would have made a contribution to international understanding.”
A 41-year-old local resident and mother slammed the new design saying: “It looks exotic, but children’s playground should not be associated with religion.” The sentiment was shared by a 29-year-old nurse who said that “crosses or crescents” were not appropriate on children’s playgrounds.
While there was criticism from locals, the outrage against the project was much more intense on social media.
On Twitter, one German user wrote: “Why should there be a mosque there? Build your fairytale playground, but no Muslim symbols.”
Warum muss dort eine Moschee stehen? Sollen die ihr Märchenspielplatz bauen, aber ohne muslimische Symbole.
— Leon von Breitenbach (@LvBreitenbach) November 5, 2017
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