The Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, was informed about the terrorist threat warning at 9pm on New Year’s Eve. He left a party at friends soon thereafter to be in contact with the police and to be able to react fast if something should happen during the night. Most Munichers did what they were planning to do anyway, regardless of the threat warning. They celebrated at restaurants, clubs and churches.
Mayor Reiter said: “Together we are stronger than the terrorists,” he continued: “I am glad that nobody has been hurt. In my opinion, putting the security of the population at first place was the right thing to do. We will not change our lives because of such threats. It was right and good that Munich has continued to celebrate New Year’s Eve.”
Security authorities in Munich are pointing out that the current situation in Munich is the same as it has been prior to the warning on Thursday. Today there are more police patrols at downtown Munich and at the railway stations. This is in part due to efforts to give the population a stronger sense of security.