Police have given an ultimatum to Berlin authorities warning they will leave the area around a Kreuzberg school occupied by refugees on Tuesday morning.
The ultimatum, set by Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt to regional district mayor Monika Herrmann, ran out at 7am on Tuesday.
Kandt sent a message to Hermann on Monday evening with the following message, wrote Tagesspiegel newspaper.
“If there has by the morning been no written request for the… evacuation of the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule, the police will begin to scale back its operation at the building from this point.”
Residents and business people affected by the week-long police cordon are hoping that since no evacuation order for the school came through, this means the police will leave their streets by the end of the day.
On Tuesday morning police were allowing people through the barricades without identification, something that had not been possible over the past week, said the paper.
Meanwhile, around 30 supporters of the refugees remained on the street after their all-night vigil.