Police had these concrete blocks be put up yesterday in the late afternoon to make it difficult or even prevent anyone from racing through the street in a possible attack like Berlin and into the large crowds celebrating New Years Eve in my area. There is a huge party tent right up the street from me. (maybe 60 meters up the street from our building). The public suare where the tent is and the area here is one of the busiest and popular places on New Years Eve. There are other public event tents and parties throughout downtown.
Concrete blocks like these have been put in front of cafes, bakeries, public events and all kinds of other places over the city. And all up and down my street and the area. I also think the roads around here will be closed for traffic tonight for the same reason.
Police will be out in full force, in uniform and plain clothes, to react to, or prevent large scale sexual assaults like the ones that took place all over Europes cities last New Years Eve from happening again. Crazy times!
The situation has really changed in these past two years security wise. We already had a similar attack here in my city in 2015. Back then a guy raced through the city and downtown area, chasing people at random and running them over. In the end he raced into a crowded cafes outdoor sitting area, killing many, children and adults alike. I have never heard so many emergency vehicles at once in my life and for such a long period. Here the link to the story: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Graz_attack
I just hope everything will be ok everywhere and the year will end peacefully for everyone and all animals.