Christiania risks to lose its status as a freetown after 40 years

Copenhagen – Christiania, one of Europe’s most famous communes was temporarily closed by residents as a protest against the Danish government attempts to “normalise” self-proclaimed freetown, long a refuge for hippies and artists. On Saturday 30 April, residents and protesters took the streets of Copenhagen and broke through the barricades  they had previously erected to block access to Christiania.

Since its creation in 1971 on the site of an old barracks, Christiania has become home to almost 1,000 people and a tourist destination. Cannabis is openly on sale, even if other bans – on arms, hard drugs and insignia on leather jackets – have been imposed by the commune over the years.

This entry was published on April 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm. It’s filed under Civil rights, English, Photo story, Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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