The police in Bielefeld, Germany, are currently faced with a new phenomenon due to the global Black Lives Matter protests. Around 800 protesters protested against the police and the arrest of an asylum seeker on Sunday.
A group of 50 had previously attacked officials, calling them “racists”.
The background was a police check on Saturday on Kesselbrink, a central square in the city of around 330 000. The officers were following up on two of six people, who were already known to them for drug-related offenses. The group had been causing a noise disturbance while strewing garbage around.
In addition, according to the police, the men were sitting in the chairs of a restaurant that had already closed and was next to a kiosk on the Kesselbrink, which is considered the meeting point of the drug scene. When the officials tried to check the personal details of the 23-year-old asylum seeker from Burkina-Faso, he “immediately fought back” and attacked the officers, kicking and beating them, the police said.
Meanwhile, a group of at least 50 people had gathered around the officers. A spokesman for the police told Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit that the crowd was calling the officials “racist” likening them to American law enforcement’s interaction with the black American George Floyd, who had recently died. Since then there have been protests against police violence and “structural racism” around the world.
The group also threw bottles at the officials. When the men armed themselves with chairs, one of the police officers pulled out his gun. “There were then no further advances from the group,” said the police. Even as reinforcements gradually arrived, the attackers continued to attack the officials.
The officers finally used teargas and gradually got the situation under control. According to the spokesman, more than 30 police officers had to be deployed in the end.
“We have never seen anything like this before,” the police spokesman told the weekly. The police arrested two people. Two officers were injured by the bottle throwing.
On Sunday, among other things, around 800 people demonstrated against alleged racism and police violence after a call from Antifa AG at Bielefeld University, regional daily the Neue Westfälische reported. The Burkina-Faso immigrant has accused the police of “arbitrarily” arresting him.
In Berlin last week, an anti-discrimination law was passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the SPD, the Left Party and the Greens to protect citizens against discrimination from the authorities.
In essence, this new law means that police officers and employees of the public order service will in future be obliged to prove their innocence if, for example, they are accused of racism.
SPD leader Saskia Esken has complained of “latent racism” among German security forces. “Tens of thousands of protesters around the world stand up because George Floyd’s violent death from a police operation in the United States is not an isolated case. German demonstrators also look at the conditions on their own doorstep: In Germany, too, there is latent racism in the ranks of the security forces, which must be recognized and fought through measures by the internal leadership,” Esken told the Funke media group.
AfD member of the Bundestag Harald Weyel is the son of a black American. However, he is not enthusiastic about the Black Lives Matter movement. And Weyel also denounced those taking a knee. He quoted to Nietzsche: “Those who humble themselves want to be exalted.”
He said large international corporations support this movement because “emotional mass manipulation is unfortunately the main factor in business and politics, especially a sales factor. Anglo (American) ‘marketing’, developed in the First World War and first called ‘propaganda’, works less with documented facts and balanced overall considerations or reasoning arguments, but rather brightly painted shock pictures and supposedly unambiguous (individual) ‘phenomena’ on which the respective ‘narrative’ is then based”.
Weyel is an economist, European policy spokesman for the AfD Group, and chairman in the Bundestag committee for EU affairs.
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