Bambule (carriage place)

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Bambule was the name of a trailer park in Hamburg's Karolinenviertel . It was evacuated by the police on November 4, 2002 after the Hamburg Senate and the controversial Interior Senator Ronald Schill decided not to tolerate this type of living any more. The decision was highly controversial in the Hanseatic city.


The space on Vorwerkstrasse has been used for living in construction trailers since 1993, originally by some residents of the “Bahnhofstrasse” residential project at Marktstrasse 107. After the construction work there, new residents moved into the wagons at the beginning of 1994, which quickly made the district of Hamburg suspicious -Mitte and the "Stadterneuerungs- und Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft Hamburg mbH" (STEG) commissioned with the urban redevelopment in the Karolinenviertel. In the winter of 1994/1995 an attempt was made to move the residents through an eviction action. This led to a "street battle" on the evening of December 1, 1994, which was even reported internationally by CNN. The acute conflict was initially appeased through the intervention of the then Interior Senator Hartmuth Wrocklage . The threatened eviction was repeatedly suspended after this experience.

However, there were still different intentions for the use of the space: District administration and STEG repeatedly made suggestions to the residents for a move, which also included the renovation of an empty house in the form of a residential project as part of the alternative construction supervision program (ABB). This turned out to be impossible because of the extremely poor state of preservation of the house at the time. The coalition of CDU , Schill Party and FDP , which had achieved a majority in the 2001 mayor elections, no longer wanted to tolerate the site and eventually cleared the site.

Reasons for eviction

In addition to the imminent expansion of Hamburg Messe and the corresponding design plans for urban development in the Karolinenviertel, the reasons for this were the unsanitary conditions in the opinion of the city administration and the fact that the trailer residents had paid neither rent nor fees for electricity and (waste) water. According to their own statements, the residents were ready to conclude appropriate contracts, which the Hamburg Senate, however, rejected on fundamental grounds. According to the Senate's plans, allotment gardens should be built for residents instead.


The clearing of the areas used by the Wagenplatz was carried out on November 4, 2002 amid large (also nationwide) protests. Demonstrations and riots broke out in the city for several weeks. Interior Senator Schill tried to prevent the protests with the police. Many residents of the Karolinenviertel did not find the trailer park to be a burden and the police actions were excessive. They complained about a change in the climate in the traditionally tolerant city, criticized the construction vehicle law as outdated and unnecessary and branded the eviction as actionism and populism . Residents and local retailers expressed their solidarity with the protest by the trailer court residents in an open letter submitted comments and banners attached to their homes. Artists such as the bands Tocotronic , Fettes Brot , die Absoluten Beginner , ddp , Die Ärzte , Udo Lindenberg and theater director Tom Stromberg also declared their solidarity with the protest or dedicated songs to it. The radio station Freie Sender Kombinat (FSK) accompanied the protests with live reports from the street, reports and discussion programs and organized an “inner city ballet” as a protest. During a demonstration for the preservation of the site, three Thuringian police officers beat up and injured two plainclothes police from Schleswig-Holstein in November 2002. They thought the two police officers in typical clothing were violent demonstrators. This was preceded by clashes in the demonstration. Before being brought to the ground, the plainclothes police had shouted the common password "moonlight", which the other officers allegedly had not heard.

There were also critical voices against the Bambule site from the Hamburg population, who, after their experiences with autonomists and squatting in Hamburg , such as the one in Hafenstrasse , shared the Senate's view that there should be a certain degree of order at the urban planning level that the Bambule did not fulfill.

In 2004, with the turning basin in Barmbek-Nord , another Hamburg wagon space was forcibly cleared. The remaining places were still tolerated.


The documentary film “Schillgende Zeiten”, produced under the direction of Skrollan Alwert as part of a work by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and widely acclaimed, vividly depicts the socio-political events around the Bambule site in the Karoviertel in Hamburg, which began when the site was cleared on November 4th Reached their peak in 2002.

Musically, the song Tanzverbot (Schill to Hell) by Bela B. and the Hamburg hip-hop group Fettes Brot describes the situation in Hamburg at the time.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Baton in the moonlight. In: , September 4, 2004
  2. Trial - police officers beaten up by colleagues. In: , June 26, 2003
  3. Press report on the decision to clear the site. In: , accessed on July 7, 2009.
  4. Shimmering Times - A film about trailer, Bambule, Senate and opinions. Retrieved July 12, 2013
  5. "We just wanted to scream out our anger". In: Retrieved February 3, 2017 .

Coordinates: 53 ° 33 ′ 34.6 "  N , 9 ° 58 ′ 15.2"  E