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The Action Alliance announced further protests for the weekend. On Thursday evening, 50 gathered about 60 members of the Action Alliance and several residents of Tempelhof airport on the Platz der Luftbrucke to a spontaneous demonstration to protest against an endlessly and uncontrolled opening of the airport grounds. Nature protection law extremely valuable areas with numerous protected animal and plant species are located on the premises. In addition, it is likely to damage to protected equipment at an uncontrolled opening. The terrain of the Berlin airport Tempelhof to be opened at short notice according to a release of the Senate Department for urban development in the near future to the public. Protesters seek a far-reaching monument and an authentic preservation as a UNESCO World Heritage for the Tempelhof airport. To this end, the Action Alliance has has submitted a new petition for referendum on April 29, 2009.

Michael Paul of the Alliance: “we expect by the Senate Department for urban development, that they respect basic democratic principles and not continue – as with the bread and butter contract – does not create irreversible facts.” The referendum is now before the Berlin House of representatives to vote. At the same time, the Berlin court filed lawsuit against the parts of the referendum declared by the Senate to be inadmissible. The Berlin Senate had basically approved the referendum “for the world heritage Temple of Justice and greater transparency in the policy” in may, deleted but several passages crucial for the initiators of the referendum, the Action Alliance The referendum for the world heritage Temple of Justice and greater transparency in the policy”was applied for on 29 April 2009 at the Senate Administration for internal affairs and sports. 24.946 signatures were submitted by the Action Alliance have been recognized by the district offices of 21.414 of which according to census. According to the Constitution of Berlin, for the admissibility of the referendum required support by at least 20,000 eligible voters, was achieved.

Previously had the Action Alliance on June 7 successfully initiated a referendum in the Borough of Tempelhof-Schoneberg and performed. For the concern voted by 91585 voting 62054 (68%) of the existence of “The monument Tempelhof airport protect preserved as a cultural heritage”. This is a clear vote for the preservation of the historic complex and a clear rejection of all plans for conversion & development. The Action Alliance announced further protests for the weekend. An event at the Platz der Luftbrucke is scheduled for October 30, 2009 (Wowereit VIP farewell Gala), one year after the closure of the central airport Berlin-Tempelhof. The Alliance calls on all Berliners to participate in this event for the preservation of the Tempelhof airport.

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