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Munich 2018: „We do not want the Games!“

Statement of the Munich 2018 Olympic Resistance Network:

NOlympics 2018 in Munich! Resistance network is growing!

Amongst the local community the “Munich +2? bid for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 is a topic of ever increasing controversy. The pro Olympic contingent generates glowing prospects of financial gain, an improved infrastructure and a boost for the region in positive publicity. Garmisch-Partenkirchen maintains that the town to this day still reaps the benefits that are a result of the 1936 Nazi Olympics. Unfortunately, this dark chapter in the history of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has never thoroughly come to light.

The dark side of the coin

All that glitters is not golden and in reference to the shimmering Olympic medal there is also a darker side of that coin. Greenwashing and Alpine Disneyland in spite of the climate change, zero transparency and lack of democratic control, immoral adhesion contracts for the host towns, the actual expenditure for the games themselves is constantly rising and megalomaniac road construction projects – in short, the Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Schönau bid for the Olympic Winter Games 2018 represents all of this and more.

If we take a realistic view at the requirements and planning proposals of the Munich bid, it is plain to see that the 2018 games are not only an uncalculated ecological and economical venture but they also pose as a social risk for many local citizens, more so for the people who dwell in the mountains towns of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden and Oberammergau.

The opposition is gaining momentum