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Protests threaten launch of Bread & Butter Berlin

A demonstration outside Tempelhof Airport in Berlin is threatening to overshadow the opening of streetwear fair Bread & Butter when it returns to the German capital next week.

Protesters who operate under the banner ‘Rescue Tempelhof’ are campaigning for the disused airport, which will host B&B next week, to be registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and do not want it used as a trade show venue.

The demonstration, which is expected to attract more than 200 peaceful protesters on B&B’s opening day on July 1, is threatening to cause chaos at the entrance.
The entrance is normally managed with military precision to cope with the fair’s seasonal 40,000-plus visits.

The protest follows an angrier display last weekend at the site by another group who call themselves ‘Squat Tempelhof’. Reports in the German press suggested up to 100 protesters were arrested after several thousand people attempted to stage a sit-in.

Rescue Tempelhof co-founder Volker Perlies said the protesters would welcome the fair’s visitors, but wanted to express that the decision to use the site as a trade show location had not been publicly discussed.

A B&B spokeswoman said the show was unconcerned as protesters had not registered their intent with the police, which is a legal requirement in Germany.

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  • B&B will continue to be the tradeshow to visit if you operate in the young fashion, denim or streetwear markets. Lively protests and so on will simply serve to make the whole event even more interesting. If you want the right brands and the right trends and information on how other indies and other brands are doing then I can't see how anyone can really afford to miss the show.

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