Dortmund: eyewitnesses stunned!  City dumps belongings of homeless people in trash

Throwing away the sleeping bags of homeless people in the middle of winter? That doesn’t exactly sound like an act of charity. The city of Dortmund is said to have done this – even if it describes the case very differently.

Two eyewitnesses had observed how a camp of homeless people at the main station in Dortmund was disposed of by the public order office at the beginning of January. Her accusation: Some important winter utensils were simply taken away from the people.

Dortmund: Eviction of the homeless camp causes bewilderment

There is no doubt about the use. As the city of Dortmund also confirms, on January 6th, a camp of homeless people under the canopy at the taxi ranks of the main train station was cleared by the public order office. But there is disagreement about what was thrown away.

The regulatory office explains to the “Ruhr Nachrichten” that it was garbage. Six people were made aware of the ban on storing and camping and disappeared within the deadline. What was left behind were “abandoned warehouse remains in the form of cardboard boxes and garbage”, which had been disposed of.

“There were blankets and really good sleeping bags”

However, the descriptions of two eyewitnesses sound very different. Peter and Brigitte Rösler observed the incident and were appalled. “There were blankets and really good sleeping bags,” she says to “RN”. “I also addressed the people from the regulatory office that you can’t just throw it away.” Without success.

According to Rösler, who used to work with homeless people herself, the owners of the belongings were not there. Wasn’t rubbish, she’s sure of it. “Things were neatly folded and placed between the pillars, people wanted to come back in the evening.”


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Again and again, the regulatory office at the main train station in Dortmund checks that the ban on storage is being observed. It is not uncommon for items left behind to be disposed of. “The disposal of private items is explicitly not one of them,” explains the city. In this case, however, in the depths of winter, homeless people may have had their essential belongings taken away.

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J. A. Allen

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