Berlin ban on pseudo-American soldiers access Checkpoint Charlie | SKY

Berlin ban on pseudo-American soldiers access Checkpoint Charlie | SKY

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The Berlin authorities have decided today, 30 years after the fall of the Wall, to ban pseudo-American soldiers paid to photograph tourists with access to Checkpoint Charlie.

In the heart of the German capital, Checkpoint Charlie was one of the main crossing points between the East and the West during the Cold War during the time of the Wall. After 1989 it became one of the most visited places for tourists.

A dozen American-style actors have been there permanently since the early 2000s to pay for pictures of visitors or sell fake visas or postage stamps during the Cold War era.

The head of this group of actors assures that those who, according to the Bild newspaper, could earn between 1,500 and 5,000 euros a day, receive only the money that tourists are willing to give them.

But the Berlin police conducted a secret investigation which showed that tourists who are unwilling to pay can suffer verbal and / or physical abuse by the actors.

"We do not understand this sudden end. I had to lay off six colleagues, ”complains Tom Lutsight, head of this cast of actors, to Bild, promising that he“ will not quit ”and“ return ”to that part.

Checkpoint Charlie was transformed within 30 years, from a nerve-wracking point of the East-West conflict, a 1961 theater of a worrying confrontation between US and Soviet tanks, into a consumer shopping area.

For years, there has been a lively debate in Berlin about the future of this space between supporters of homebuilding and advocates of creating a memorial site for those who lost their lives trying to cross the Wall.

The city of Rome, too, had attempted, a few years ago, to eliminate the presence of disguised Roman legionaries around the Colosseum, who demanded money to be photographed.