Berlin (dpa) - After several years of increased activity against criminal members of Arab-born clans, the Berlin police see success.
"We have enough signs that there is definitely unrest, that we are disrupting business activities and that those involved feel clearly disturbed," said Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik of the German Press Agency.
In November 2018, the Berlin state government, the Senate, presented a five-point plan against clans. Shortly before, numerous houses and apartments had been provisionally confiscated by suspected clan members.
Slowik rejected allegations from the Left Party, for example, that the frequent raids in Neukölln and other Berlin districts were directed primarily against harmless shisha bars and were therefore ineffective. «Our controls and measures have been repeatedly criticized. Unfortunately, critics only see the movements on the surface and not the investigations that we carry out below - you can also compare it well with the iceberg principle. »
Berlin police chief emphasized that the assumption that the controls of shisha bars made up the fight against organized crime was far too short. Rather, it is about other issues: resistance to aggressive and intimidating dominance, rejection of social rules and street crime.
"We are breaking the myth that criminal structures are unassailable," said Slowik. "It starts with parking in the second row, goes over life-threatening carbon monoxide pollution and violence on the street and ends with organized crime."
With regard to the OK in the area of the clans, said Slowik, this is essentially about financial investigations. «That requires many years of meticulous work in silence. Here we work together excellently with the BKA (Federal Criminal Police Office) and internationally. Of course, none of this is visible to the public. »