Düsseldorf – Early sales have started for the controversial Düsseldorf grand concert with 13,000 spectators despite strong criticism. The box office for the September 4 event with rocker Bryan Adams and singer Sarah Connor was activated Tuesday morning.
The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet (CDU), called the concert at the Düsseldorf football stadium “not a good signal”. The cabinet discussed the legal situation on Tuesday, but initially there was no decision on a possible rejection.
Laschet accused the mayor of Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel (SPD) of trying to raise the profile. It is clear that at such an important event, “all of Germany and a lot of Europe are looking at this city. Perhaps it was also the intention that people should see this city this way”. Geisel replied in the “Rheinische Post” that they had only obeyed the law. The organizer would even exceed the corona requirements.
“I wonder how everything is politicized these days,” said Geisel of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. He spoke of a “political profiling competition” between Laschet and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). Söder had certified that the concert had a “catastrophic signal effect” in the fight against Corona.
The city of Düsseldorf had approved the concept of hygiene. However, the state health ministry had it sent for review later. Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) had already expressed violent criticism on Friday and registered legal doubts.
Organizer Marek Lieberberg wants to fight for his plans. The competent authority has been contacted. And the authority responsible for a concert in Düsseldorf had never been the state government of NRW “at the time of this republic”. “We must be able to trust the legal validity of such procedures. And we do. And that is why we will do everything possible to ensure that this approval remains,” he told the German news agency. “We have a commitment, we believe that this commitment is legally binding.”
From Lieberberg’s point of view, the concert will be drawn into political problems with which it has nothing to do. On the one hand, there is the local election campaign – on September 13 there will be elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, in which the social democrat from Düsseldorf Geisel will again run for the head of the city. On the other hand, it is the “distance speech” between Laschet and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU).
Lieberberg said he wrote to Laschet and tried for two days to reach the head of government. He could understand that Laschet was very busy. “But if you have the time to speak out publicly about events for which you don’t seem to know the rules, then I think you should have the time to respond here in order to have that conversation as well.”
Lieberberg is sticking to his plans. When asked what he would do in the event of rejection, he replied that in this case, we would “report” through appropriate means. The concept of hygiene is very good.
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