An Ali Baba-themed playground opened its doors in Berlin on Thursday after weeks of controversy over claims of creeping Islamization.

The opening appeared to go smoothly, with authorities denying that the nearby presence of police officers and vehicles was related to the event.

The playground drew controversy after images were released showing a large playhouse shaped somewhat like a mosque and topped with a crescent moon.

The Berlin faction of the far-right populist AfD party wrote on Twitter: "Playgrounds are already turning into religious institutions," when the first images of the construction site appeared.

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