city council of Zurich
by a member of district council
GR Nr. 2001 / 18
Balthasar Glaettli (GREEN PARTY)
of houses around the Kreuzplatz is a topic of public interest
since a long time. Despite being important witnesses of
time to the development of the city of Zurich, the quarrel
until now was mainly about the demolition of the old Kreuzplatz-houses
to give way to a new building project.
City council and
site manager had to admit defeat when people of Zurich voted
against the first new building project (autumn 1999). Despite
open legal and political questions - only to mention the
objection of native culture protection society and the public
petition for a referendum - they try everything to drive
their project forward as fast as possible.
In this context there are particular
questions on the police action in one of the mentioned houses
in summer 2000 (see Tages-Anzeiger of 12th January 2001).
I ask the city council to answer following
1. What is the explanation
of the city council for the police action obviously in favour
of a private company in mentioned house?
the city council generally judge police action to be necessary
and appropriate to guarantee workers of a private company
access to private property? If no: Are there exceptional cases
from the viewpoint of city council, for which police action
in such a way - involved were at least 12 police officers
- is necessary and appropriate? What are the criterions?
3. Is it true that police forced
entry in the described inappropriate manner, and that they
obviously did not restrict action only on their "instruction
to guarantee workers access", but carried out an actual raid
incl. confiscation of items and photographing premises - without
search warrant on hand? How does the city council regard this?
4. On which legal basis is mentioned
police action based on?
5. Does the city council also
judge to be unreasonable not to draw up a statement of the
police action and the confiscated items, and not giving back
a part of these items, but destroying them without further
6. What are the plans of the
city council to prevent such incidents in the future, and
to keep legality preserved for all inhabitants of the
city of Zurich.