The man with the microphone says he doesn’t mind if we call him a conspiracy theorist. Because, according to him, it only means that he is a free thinker, able to ask questions and unwilling to accept the lies his fellow citizens do. A second fellow says that the Syrian leader, dictator Bashar al-Assad, never dropped barrel bombs on anybody in that country and he can prove it, thanks to research he has done online.
A third chap then tells us why popstar Michael Jackson had to die: He was opposed to war and he was too powerful to let live. When questioned as to why he believes this, the soft-spoken man, an engineer, can only respond with a platitude: “The truth is inside you.”
Just another night on Pariser Platz, a grand public square in the center of Berlin, where major features are the Brandenburg Gate, the glamorous Adlon Hotel, and the new French and American embassies. Except it’s not. Because on Monday nights for the past three or so years, has been hosting strange and eclectic gatherings of local conspiracy theorists.
These days, there’s a new conspiracy theory doing the rounds. It suggest that the recent terrorist attack in Berlin, where a truck crashed into revelers at a central city Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, was faked. Or it was a so-called false flag operation, by the German government, or the CIA, or the Masons, or – inevitably – the Jews.