This week I took my regular tram and got off at Bismarckplatz, a very confusing and busy square where two important streets meet: Bergheim and Hauptstrasse, the main street with kilometers of shops and restaurants, a very beautiful pedestrian street.
Distracted as I am, I saw a lot of police cars blocking the ways, only the tram could pass, all the rest was stopped by the police, but I didn’t really pay attention, I walked through a parallel street and after 2 blocks I decided to turn left and go to the Hauptstrasse, it is much prettier, I thought.
As I reached the street all the police officers were leaving with their cars and opening the way. Most of the shops had their glass doors still closed. People were looking confused. As a Brazilian my first thought was “an arrastão” (like the assault to women in Cologne, but here to shops). But I refuted my theory as I realized that nothing was broken or dirty. Walking back to the square I saw just a small shop with the doors open, luckily it was also my favorite shop! I entered Accessorize focused on constructing a question in german and asked the salesgirl:
“Wissen Sie was passiert ist?“
“A bomb threat that was proven false.” I admire her calmness. I understand everything was ok, but only imagining that a bomb could have been planted here on the same day that 3 bombs exploded in Turkey made me feel very uncomfortable and insecure. It also made me realize that the police is dealing with a lot of stress and it is taking for granted that a bag unattended is a bomb.