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Night Club District Wants Rowdy U.S. Soldiers Banned for 6 Months

July 18, 1989

FRANKFURT, West Germany (AP) _ Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen nightclub district wants to ban U.S. soldiers from enjoying its hearty food, drink and revelry for at least six months because they are too rowdy, the military said Tuesday.

In a July 7 letter to U.S. officials, the Association of Restaurateurs in the Sachsenhausen district complains about the unruly conduct of the off-duty soldiers.

″The Association of Restaurateurs demands hereby that the section of Old Sachsenhausen and adjoining access routes be declared forbidden and off-limits for GIs of the American forces for a minimum of six months,″ U.S. military community spokeswoman Ann Adams quoted the letter as saying.

Asked what the military had to say about the letter, Mrs. Adams said: ″The response is still being worked out, but instructions have been sent out to commanders at surrounding units to tell their soldiers how to act downtown.″

She said joint U.S. military and German police patrols are being sent on weekends and paydays to Sachsenhausen, which is across the Main river from Frankfurt’s city center and is famous for its apple cider and 200 restaurants and clubs.

Normally, two military and two German police make up the patrols, she said.

There are more than 20,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Frankfurt and nearby areas, while the total number of American troops in West Germany is about a quarter-million.

The unofficial U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes carried a front- page article Tuesday that included complaints from restaurant and bar owners in Sachsenhausn about rowdy soldiers.

″I’ve had training grenades exploded in my place and tear gas shot at guests,″ the newspaper quoted disco owner Harald Vogt as saying.

″Why is it that every drug-high, drunk Ami thinks he has the right to walk into any place he chooses dressed any way he chooses?″ Vogt was quoted as saying. ″Ami″ is a German nickname for an American.

Disco operator Larry Grosskopf told the newspaper the Americans are rude and bother other customers.

″They come in gangs. They’re drunk before they get here and raise hell when they arrive. They’re foul-mouthed and molest the women,″ he said.

Stars and Stripes said Frankfurt’s director of Licensing Office, Malte Riechers, is against the ban.

″Impossible, unconstitutional and beyond implementation ... that’s all I’ll say for the moment,″ Reichers told the newspaper.

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