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Düsseldorf pool imposes identification requirement after renewed violence

After renewed emergency calls to police because of rioting by mostly North African youths at the Düsseldorf Rheinbad, the city has imposed a compulsory identification system at the pool.

Published: July 29, 2019, 10:14 am

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    “In Rheinbad we have introduced an identity card for all visitors. Those who do not comply, will not be let in,” Düsseldorf Mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) told the Express. “It is absolutely unacceptable and inconceivable that families who want to spend their free time here are harassed by youth gangs.”

    After a crisis summit on Saturday, another meeting of the public pool administration, mayor and police chief is planned for this Monday. The aim is to introduce an online ticket system for the Rheinbad. In this way, it would be even easier to control who enters the pool.

    Last Friday, the aggressive demeanor of around 60 mostly North African youths had resulted in the police being called to the scene.

    Previously, the migrants had occupied the diving tower and slides. Among other things, they threatened the shift supervisor and resisted any warnings. The present six security men of the swimming pool were not up to the situation, reported the regional daily, the Rheinische Post.

    Some 20 policemen finally cleared the pool area. At the end of June the Rheinbad had to be evacuated on two consecutive days, after similar incidents had occurred.

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