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Pusher Street is history!!!

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by imported_Europe, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. If you ever been to Copenhagen, you went to Christiania, the famous hippie town. Well known for loads of graffiti, cool people, relaxed atmosphere, no cops and the infamous Pusher Street where hash and mariuhuana are sold openly. This past sunday it all changed.


    Residents, drug dealers of Danish hippie enclave tear down hashish stands

    Associated Press Writer

    Last update: 04 January 2004

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths on Sunday, trying to head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.

    Drugs are illegal in Denmark but sales of hashish in the enclave, called Christiania, are tolerated. Residents banned the sale of harder drugs in 1980.

    Many of Christiania's residents believe the drug crackdown will lead to the eviction of 1,000 residents and the realization of government plans to redevelop the 84-acre area for upscale housing. Residents said they were trying to pre-empt any government action by dismantling Pusher Street, as the hashish-selling area is known.

    "We don't want (Pusher Street) to be a lever for the government's illegal and amoral plans to close our Christiania," they said in a statement.

    Using a tractor, crow bars, saws and hammers, dealers and residents tore down two dozen colorful booths that have stood along the sparsely paved but well-traveled Pusher Street for years.

    Last month, a government lawyer reported that residents could be legally evicted from the enclave because the Danish state gave them the right to borrow the land -- not rent it -- in 1989.

    Christiania took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land behind the capital's old ramparts.

    They proclaimed their freewheeling society Christiania and it became a counterculture oasis with psychedelic-colored buildings, free marijuana, no government, no cars and no police.

    In 1987, Christiania was recognized as a "social experiment" and two years later the government gave residents the right to use the land, but not ownership of it.

    Christiania has become a tourist destination, with some travel guides mentioning it prominently, and Pusher Street appears on several city maps. In May, one of the booths that sold hashish was donated to Denmark's National Museum.

    Since the Liberal-Conservative government took office in 2001, it has promised to end the open sale of hashish and "normalize" the area by rebuilding.

    "Any step toward legalizing Christiania is a good step," Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a televised interview.

    In deference to critics who fear the property could be overdeveloped, Fogh Rasmussen told TV2 he acknowledged that "Christiania doesn't need to be plastered with tall buildings."

    Police in recent months have increased the number of raids to stop the drug deals, and residents have been split over eliminating the sales completely. Police estimate illegal hashish sales bring the community about $1.3 million annually.






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  3. Nic Thamaire

    Nic Thamaire Elite Member

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  4. !@#$%

    [email protected]#$% Moderator Crew

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    i slipped hard.
    i can't believe i didn't get to see it.
  5. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    damn. i got lucky. i happend to show up on the weekend of their big 'save christania' protest/party thing. definitely glad i got to see it before the government pulled it apart.
    im glad the dealers realized that fighting to save the community as a whole was more important than fighting to save their 'right' to deal right out in the open.

    next to your boys mexican spot, which i still rank as my third favorite meal ever, christania was definitely a highlight of the trip....well, ok, it comes after the danish girls on bikes also...but i mean, its definitely up there.

    seeks/faxi kondi


    what i find most interesting is the fact tons of niggas w/ big guns don't run that shit (or do they?). you know if that shit was in an american city there would be tons of fools robbing people, and tons of organized crime trying to run that show. a thugs paradise for sure....
  7. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    which is exactly why denmark is a far nicer place to live.

    (that and every girl is hot and rides a bike, frequently in a skirt)
  8. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

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    Early morning=bad jokes

    No doubt....it'd be like....a BLACK MARKET! Get it?

    hyuk hyuk
  9. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    Hippies as in…actual hippies? Tear that place down!

    But for real, seeker is right about their proactive initiative to save the whole place, not just the right to deal drugs.

    Europe, can you give any more information as to what kind of development they plan on doing? Would they make it only residential? This area could be really trendy for the rich if they keep the whole hippie art vibe alive, even if it’s done by filthy rich architects and graphic designers. Out with the old, in with the plastic. If you really consider ’71 being very old. I’d say it is, even though Copenhagen is pretty much ancient, right?
  10. WebsterUno

    WebsterUno Guest


    homina homina homina homina


    is that maryjane in those colored tubes?
  11. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    yup, it's all prerolled. different colors represent different qualities.
    it's pretty bananas. walking down the block and theres like 25 different little shacks with dudes all selling.
  12. WebsterUno

    WebsterUno Guest


    thats a 'dope' job...rolling dank.

    So, was it illegal, or legal to sell there?
    It would seem like it was legal.
    But the story is saying it was illegal.
  13. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

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    there's a place in our city where all the hippies lived
    but now it's a street mall for the super rich. Burn Yorkville!
  14. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

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    I didn’t know that about Yorkville. I’m down for burning that spot, only after I loot the stores. Anyway, I’d rather look at a Louis Vitton purse in the window, rather than a dirty wool/hemp knit rainbow coloured bag.
  15. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

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    Re: *believe*

    IT WAS Illegal..but the government turned a blind eye to it.
    but someone is breaking the rules by taking those pictures... those no camera signs are pretty damn clear... damn hippies.