More than 40 percent of all suspects in attacks on police officers in Hamburg last year were foreigners. The regional chairman of the AfD in the hanseatic city revealed that 497 of the 1 217 men and women were not German citizens in such incidents. Notably, the proportion of foreigners in the city-state was 16,5 percent in 2019.
According to a response from local government, suspects came from Turkey (35), Afghanistan (31), Romania (21) and Syria (20). Almost 50 of them were asylum seekers, a further 28 were entitled to protection or asylum or were quota refugees and 29 were tolerated in Germany.
Compared to 2018, the number of suspects rose by eight percent. Persons with an immigration background and a German passport were not recorded separately, suggesting that the percentage may even be higher.
“The numbers show an increasing willingness to use violence and disrespect towards our police officers. This frightening development is promoted by a contempt for police that seems to be becoming more and more socially acceptable in some parts of society and political parties,” warned the chairman of the AfD parliamentary group Dirk Nockemann. Police officers should be better protected, he said.
“Anyone who treats our police violently and without respect is trampling on the values of our society,” emphasized Nockemann, a jurist who is also the political spokesman for his parliamentary group. In addition, he called for legally convicted foreigners to be deported.