Silent Night

Berlin’s atmosphere following the lorry attack

On Monday evening, 19th December 2016, a lorry drove into the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. The attack killed 12 people and injured 45. The day after, whilst it yet had not been confirmed whether it has been a terror attack or not, a tense “atmosfear” had already been established at the site, where silence dominated.

The Christmas market had stayed closed. Top politicians paid tribute to the victims in a ceremonial act, and the area was heavily guarded by heavy-armed police forces. Media and TV broadcasters from all over the world had set up stand-ups at the site to deliver updates. In the meantime the police had interrogated an innocent suspect and politicians had been quick to point at each other regarding the responsibility.

Whether it has been terror or not, the strategy of media and politics made terror succeed once again.