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Bamberg: Arrest warrants against migrants who wanted to kill policemen

German police in Bamberg had to send in reinforcements to end a migrant riot in the asylum reception center of the town. In the night of Tuesday even special forces were called in to bring the situation under control.

Published: December 12, 2018, 6:28 pm

    The officials were pelted by the asylum seekers with paving stones. In addition, the residents set fire to the property.

    The trigger, according to police, was an altercation and as a result, at about 0.45am attacks were launched on security staff. They had reported the scuffles to the police, after which several asylum seekers barricaded themselves inside the centre. The situation escalated quickly, and when the first police patrol car arrived, they were attacked by the residents of the shelter.

    “At that time a fire was started in an apartment in the building,” says the police.

    The police arrested eight suspects, and they were placed under provisional guard. The men are all Eritrean nationals. Investigators in Bamberg are looking into charges which include attempted manslaughter, a serious arson attack and other offenses.

    In total, there were eight injured persons, including a policeman. The damage is estimated at 100 000 euros following the tumultuous scenes at the Bamberg asylum centre.

    Four of the arrested Africans – linked to the arson attack – are currently being investigated for attempted murder. On Wednesday they will be appear before a magistrate, according to German news agency dpa.

    Numerous detachments of surrounding police departments and neighboring government districts were ordered to Bamberg during the night.

    The domestic spokeswoman for the Left Party in the Bundestag, Ulla Jelpke, condemned the police operation. She demanded a “complete investigation of the police action” and called for “solidarity with the refugees”. The intervention by the security forces was completely disproportionate and brutal, she complained on Twitter.

    In September, a major fire in the asylum centre in Spitzboden, Bamberg, injured three firemen. The result was property damage of around two million euros and 144 homeless asylum seekers who needed a new home. The police investigated arson at the time.

    In November last year, a fire an Upper Franconia facility on the former site of the US barracks in Bamberg killed an sylum seeker.

    And while police were battling Africans in the latest incident in Bamberg, a car of the AFD member of Parliament Stefan Räpple, was attacked. The police in Stuttgart have initiated investigations, they say. After Räpple spoke at a rally against the UN Migration Compact on Saturday, there were several scuffles, police said.

    The attack on the AfD member of Parliament, was an attempted dangerous bodily injury, a police spokesman told dpa on Tuesday. The attack was captured on video.

    Counter-demonstrators first stopped Räpples car, then a huge bench was thrown against his windshield. The police arrested a 25-year-old suspect, but released him on Saturday. According to Räpple, it was man with foreign roots. Another man was arrested for insulting and resisting law enforcement.

    Some 75 AfD supporters attended the rally, while a few hundred people took part in the counter-demonstration. The police were deployed in large numbers to prevent clashes. Four people were injured by pepper spray, including two policemen. At the request of the prosecutor’s office, on Wednesday, all four main suspects were remanded and they are being held in different prisons.

    In the Bundestag in Berlin, the leftist SPD member Johannes Kahrs called for the AfD to be banned.

    “The AfD is right-wing radical, and in ever-larger parts right-wing extremists,” wrote Kahrs on Twitter and added: “Spying on them and then banning the AfD is imperative.”

    In his demand Kahrs referred to an interview by literary scholar Heinrich Detering with the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , in which he accused the AfD of wanting to bring back National Socialism. In addition, the party uses the “jargon of gangsters” and entertain annihilation fantasies, he claimed.

    As an example, Detering cited the criticism of AfD chief Alexander Gauland against the SPD politician Aydan Özoguz. Gauland told the then integration commissioner of the Federal Government, he should return to Anatolia.

    Kahrs has already demanded that the AfD be monitored by State security, including a meeting held by the AfD in Saxon Nentmannsdorf. The occasion was the local speech of the former AfD state and parliamentary leader of Saxony-Anhalt, André Poggenburg, in which he described representatives of the Turkish community as “camel drivers and caraway traders”.

    In the Bundestag Kahrs regularly attacks the AfD, and revels in ad hominem abuse of the party’s deputies instead of policy debates. In September he told the AFD: “Hatred makes ugly, they see themselves in the mirror.”

    The AfD’s policies are similar to those that made National Socialism possible, the SPD MEP claimed. “Look in the mirror, then you will see what has led this republic into misery in the twenties and thirties.”

    Kahrs led the campaign for same-sex marriages in Germany.

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