Germany: Concrete Christmas trees shields market from Muslim attacks

With the holiday season just six weeks away, special security barriers made of concrete appeared at Essen’s Christmas market. A visit to the bustling square on Friday showed the green Christmas tree-shaped blocks deployed to protect the stalls from terrorist attacks. The blocks, 1.8m high and weighing around three tonnes, were installed at the markets’ entrance which faces the city main station. Security around Christmas markets has been tightened ever since the attack on Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz event in 2016, which claimed the lives of 12 people. 

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