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Wiesbaden Courier May 16, 2019

Jürgen Helbing would like to remain mayor of Lorcher

By Thorsten Stötzer

Published on May 16, 2019 at 3:00 am, last changed on May 16, 2019 at 3:20 am

Jürgen Helbing is applying for a third term in the Lorch town hall for the CDU. A senior citizen's facility and a medical care center are on his agenda.

Jürgen Helbing on the terrace of the Hilchenhaus: Its renovation is one of the highlights of his tenure. Photo: Thorsten Stötzer

LORCH - With 60.8 percent of the vote, Jürgen Helbing won the mayoral election in Lorch in 2007 and replaced Günter Retzmann from the SPD, who had been in office for 18 years and then lost. Even then, he had planned with three periods in the town hall, he explains - and will therefore run again on May 26th. Helbing is happy to highlight what has been achieved so far: The reduction in the city's debt level from 23 million euros to 6.4 million euros is right at the top.

The CDU candidate also cites lower prices for water and wastewater - which were the highest in Germany. The bottom line is that almost all points have been dealt with - with the exception of a senior facility and a medical care center (MVZ). “And I'm right in the middle of it.” As far as the house for the elderly that is to be built on the Lohwiese is concerned, the mayor presents freshly modified designs that come from the investor found in the Westerwald.

"There isn't a three-year-old who doesn't know who I am"

A MVZ to be founded would be another building block so that citizens can stay in the city even at an advanced age. Helbing obtained information in Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein and advocates a “medical cooperative with several partners”. The municipality should get involved, as well as the local pharmacy and the hospital in Rüdesheim. “Everyone involved is in good spirits.” The background is that the general practitioners in Lorch are all over 60 years old.


On Tuesday, May 21st, at 7 p.m. in the Lorch community center, Kolpingstrasse 5, the editorial team is organizing a discussion forum with the three candidates for the mayoral election. Sascha Kircher and Thorsten Stötzer will moderate the evening, during which the citizens of Lorch can put the applicants to the test and ask questions about the topics relevant to them. Admission is from 6 p.m., entry to the event is free.

He wants to convince the residents of his program with a brochure, posters, small events and citizens' consultations. He is already present in the city: “In Lorch there is no three-year-old who doesn't know who I am.” From 1993 to 2007, he was always active in local politics as the first city councilor or city councilor. However, the 68-year-old was born in Thuringia. He came to the region via Essen and Northern Hesse and in 1987 bought a house in Lorch. The police and detective had his political home in the FWG for a long time, for which he already fought an - unsuccessful - mayoral election campaign in 1995. In 2010 he switched to the CDU. He appreciates the “network” that he now has. Funding pots are important because "we are not a commercial or industrial location". He is also pleased that ministers and their heads of department hold meetings in the Hilchenhaus, which was also renovated under his responsibility, as is today's community center. Private investors have also invested: this is what the Vincenzstift building, the hotel in the school building and the Rewe supermarket stand for. Although Helbing still wants to lead the city into debt-free status, further measures are emerging: “The train station is a big issue.” The city has acquired half a hectare of land to set up park-and-ride parking spaces and bicycle parking spaces. The old goods shed could be used for youth work in the future.

Helbing also has an eye on around 2.4 hectares of land in the Rhine facilities; they still belong to the country. Between the train station and the former sewage treatment plant, the area could be given a new look. The fixed point is the Federal Horticultural Show 2029, for which he wants to found an interest group. The growth in tourism is already a point on which the Christian Democrat is building.

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We are absolutely concerned about tomorrow's evacuation (from 7:00 a.m. but starting now) of the queer-feminist socio-cultural center in Liebigstrasse 34 in Berlin. We absolutely ask for your solidarity for a 30 year old cultural project. Because it quickly becomes clear to the observer: This is by no means about safeguarding the rights of the house owner, as the court decided and which an interested Senate could have done without the police. Instead, the house, the scene and the neighborhood are criminalized.

This is about pure violence. It's about accounting, repression, enforcement, extinction. One link after the other is being torn from the chain of the alternative cultural scene in Berlin. To make room for investors.

This is about a € 3 - 5 million use of state power, with everything it can muster.

In the middle of the Corona hotspot Friedrichshain, around 5,000 (2,500 + 19 hundreds) police officers are deployed, tanks, 4 water cannons, helicopters. With a lot of anger at the scene. In view of the fact that right-wing extremist networks have become known in the police authorities of the FRG, which even threaten murder, the local police hatred, in view of the legal and financial commitment for the owner and future investor, in view of the financial burden on the general public to vacate 1 house, in view of the corona risk of another hotspot, the enforcement order of the court is irresponsible.

And especially in view of the fact that 40 women and queers are attacked, overwhelmed and evacuated by around 5,000 police officers, women cannot avoid a feeling of disgust.

The area is already blocked off, church bells ring to the sound of the circling helicopter. The neighborhood holds its breath. Everything faces violence more or less unprotected. This is war on the alternate scene. Against socio-culture. Against autonomous forms of life and residential areas for poorer wage earners in the city center.

What some do not want to understand about climate protection, others overlook in urban development. And while the western mistakes are still lamented in the time of the turning point, the next thing of the turning point, the squatter scene in Berlin, art object, attraction for young people from all over the world, will be razed to the ground as the next mistake.

Culture is wiped out by force, property rights of investors, disproportionate to the rest of the population, are enforced.

The feeling here is violence. Be delivered.

The young policeman says: "Tomorrow is over here." And asks me if I have had all kinds of violence such as fire extinguishers, pepper spray, hand grenades in my face. "No." And what about him? Probably not either. Not here at Liebig. He's just repeating what he's learned.

The other policeman warns to go to the sidewalk. A young man continues to walk on the street. 5 policemen run after him. But then let go of him at the calls of passers-by. The occasion could be that small. Without passers-by.

Germany in autumn 2020. Robbers and gendarmes. Criminalization of peaceful left-wing residents. 40 women and queers just don't need that.

A city that solves such a problem peacefully could be proud of itself. A city that is pushing for the erasure of the Wende legacy and art object “Occupied Houses Berlin” has not understood the signs of the times and is setting a memorial of violence. From tax money. Resolved by a Red-Red-Green Senate.


Liebigstrasse 34

Liebigstrasse 34, Friedrichshain, Berlin

Occupied 1990

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Liebig 34 is an anarcha-feminist, queer, FLT house.

It is one of the few house projects that are exclusively inhabited by feminists, with different ideas and backgrounds and a collective without cis men.

About 35 people live there at the moment.

On the ground floor is the "X-Any", as well as the info shop "Beside" (free internet, archive, current magazines, revolutionary needs, Mon-Fri 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., plenary session on the 1st Monday of the month at 8:00 p.m.) : 00) Resistance-an-berliner-gericht-lehnt-ausetzung-der-liebig-34-raeumung-ab/26255982.html


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