Germany is facing the closure of many Christmas markets throughout its capital, Berlin, after a bomb attack on Saturday. A vehicle plowed into a crowd at Christmas market in the tourist area, killing 12 people. While authorities believe the truck was deliberately driven at maximum speed, Germany’s Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, declared that “the market is shut until further notice.”
But despite the tragedy and concern on the political front, not all Christmas markets are closing. That’s likely because Christmas markets are not exclusively for tourists and an abundance of restaurants, markets, and performers are included. But even if some are on hold, many are starting to venture out. Others are changing their planning.
The Berlin Christmas Market Association said that it will restart on Tuesday as planned. Also, in Wandswerth, the Berlin Rosebush Christmas market has decided to limit the number of stalls it has in the next two years, Reuters reports.
Many of Germany’s own citizens will also be heading out in their capacity as businessmen, and with Christmas dinner laid out on the table (many German domestic food would be generally unavailable to the customer), they are flying in to attend. But the view on social media shows that some Germans are still avoiding traveling:
RT @MichaelVogel: Berlin Christmas market is NOT open, the crowd is outside. It’s very quiet. pic.twitter.com/9hYgYsH4BX — Dennis Flinders (@dennisflinders) December 23, 2018
Me and my family all ate our way through the entire @BucharestChristmas market early this morning, and in between shhhhh… #WhatTheFellasHaveDecided pic.twitter.com/6QE0EurZ8B — Brennen Wiley (@BrennenWiley) December 23, 2018
The Christian magazine Kantor, a publication about government, commented on the tension of an event that, if it had been organized by the White House in Washington, D.C., would have elicited far more feelings of terror than that felt by tourists in Berlin. And the Germans, celebrating after years of war and reunification, are certainly sensitive to attacks. The picture here is of people who were caught in the heart of an attack in the capital city.
Read the full story at The Guardian.
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