'Woke' Parking Lot Unveils Priority Spaces for Migrants and LGBT Drivers
'Diversity' spaces are reserved for people with 'a special need for protection'
The underground parking lot, located in Hanau, Germany, announced the new dedicated "diversity" spaces are only to be used by drivers with "a special need for protection."
Hanauer Parkhaus GmbH (HPG) built three "diversity" parking spaces in the facility in Hanau city center.
The spaces are marked with gay pride flags and will cater only to LGBTQ individuals and migrants.
The chairman of the supervisory board of HPG, city councilor Thomas Morlock, said at the inauguration of the parking spaces that the aim was to help people who are more "diverse" than other drivers.
It is not immediately clear how the authorities intend to monitor whether people who park in the spaces are in fact part of the LGBTQ community or migrants.
HPG said a camera would monitor the car park to ensure the spaces are only used for "diversity."
Morlock went on to say that the spaces were built to set a "conspicuously colorful symbol" for "diversity and tolerance."
However, he warned that they are not meant to be used by a "separate group of people."
Hanau, a small city roughly 15 miles east of Frankfurt, has long been considered a city of diversity in Germany.
Its population has become more ethnically diverse since the migrant crisis in 2015.
There were 1.8 million people with a refugee background in Germany by 2018, according to Germany's Federal Statistical Office.
Many have expressed criticism of the initiative on Twitter, however.
One user argues that there are many other disadvantaged groups who are excluded from using the new spaces.
"Child and old-age poverty, single mothers at their financial limit, pensioners who have to live on bottle deposits and leftovers from garbage cans," the user noted.
"But for City Councilor Thomas Morlock in Hanau there is nothing more important than setting an example for tolerance,” the post adds.