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Do you feel free to move in Berlin / in the place you live in?
Talking about “freedom” always needs the consideration of a huge amount of complex philosophical and political layers in our contemporariness. In a superficial way we can move freely through the city but there are always visible and invisible regulations and barriers. We can use the train “freely” if we have a student ticket, enough money for a bike or legs that carry us through the streets and up the stairs. If one doesn't have these privileges the freedom of movement is limited. Also the current Covid-19 crisis is having an impact on mobility throughout the city. Generally, compared to other cities, Berlin feels to many people like a relatively safe city. But we have to keep in mind that the resources for support and security in Germany are not designed for everyone and it is very often the public space where attacks happen. Appearance of the police is not making everyone feel safe and racist structures and behaviours lead to a collective feeling of nervosity when police is present. Also when looking at the city from the perspective of women and queers, some spaces are more or less safe. Some strategies involve avoiding dark areas and places with few people and are restricting the freedom of movement. We have to find good answers to the question on how a queer-feminist, anti-racist and decolonial city needs to look like.
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