Christoph Wilde: Hello Harald, this week searching the archive I've chosen a photo you took when Mainzer Strasse in Berlin-Friedrichshain was cleared in November 1990. There is a policeman lying on the floor. What happened to him?
© Harald Hauswald/OSTKREUZ
Harald Hauswald: A half brick hit him on his chin and he fell over like a board. If I remember rightly, 167 policemen were hurt but just one squatter, who while standing on the roof was hit by a tear gas grenade between his legs, ouch!
C.W.: Were you afraid that something could happen to you, too?
H.H.: Of course, I was. While photographing, I looked over the camera and not through the view-finder, the wide-angle objective made you perceive the stones too late. There were stones lying about in a distance of ten centimetres.
It was civil war.
C.W.: Could you understand the squatters' fury or did you think they overreacted?
H.H.: I don't know whether it was fury but I think the reaction of the police didn't have much sense. There wasn't even one squatter on the street, the stones were being thrown out of the windows and down from the roofs and the police was running around in a very disorganized way. When the house was finally cleared, they found a 20 litre Molotov cocktail on the roof.
C.W.: Thanks, Harald.