Snowball Battle by Appointment

Could this be the opening sparks of a new incarnation of German militarism? The local newspaper Der Tagesspiegel has the report: Kreuzberg vs. Neukölln – with snowballs. Yesterday, in the newest variation on the flash mob phenomenon, 200 to 300 people showed up at 2:00 PM in Berlin’s Görlitzer Park, summoned by the Internet, to fight. To fight for fun, that is, taking advantage of the many inches of snow available everywhere.

It was a contest between residents of those two Berlin neighborhoods, Kreuzberg and Neukölln, waged across the ditch in the park’s middle (with combat photographers in attendance, of course; the on-line article has an amusing YouTube video.) In the end Kreuzberg was declared the winner, controversially, but most by that time were too tired to care and settled down instead to drinking Glühwein (wine mixed with spices, a Christmas drink) and letting a DJ entertain them.

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