Women are not allowed to enter a bar in one of Berlin’s migrant suburbs, newspaper the Berliner Kurier reports.
One of the newspaper’s reporters was waiting in front of the bar when a woman asked if he could buy her some cigarettes. When the reporter asked why she couldn’t do it herself, she said: “Women are not allowed to go inside.”
The reporter asked the woman if she wasn’t even allowed to buy cigarettes. The woman said, “No that won’t work” and added “Some Turkish men are like that.”
The Turkish sports bar, is located in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s migrant suburbs. The bar has a counter, slot machines and a large TV for broadcasting of sports events. People are also allowed to smoke inside.
When the reporter bought the cigarettes and checked the woman’s story inside the bar, he was met with “latent aggression”. “What is your problem”, one of the bar’s employees said.
At this moment there’s still no answer to why women have to stay outside but a “cultural component” can’t be ruled out.
It’s not the first time women are excluded from public spaces in Europe. Earlier there were reports of bars in Paris’ Muslim dominated suburbs that were doing the same.