Far-right group launches vigilante patrol in German town where four asylum seekers ‘hurled racist abuse and injured 12 people including children in random attacks’
- Four teenagers from Iran, Syria and Afghanistan ‘carried out random attacks’
- Dozen people aged 13 to 42 injured in Saturday attacks in Amberg, Germany
- The far-right NDP group has launched vigilante street patrols in Amberg
- Claimed to create ‘safe spaces’ in town, including outside a refugee centre
A far-right group has launched vigilante street patrols in a German town where four teenage asylum seekers allegedly attacked passers-by last weekend, local authorities said Thursday.
The teenagers, aged 17 to 19, from Iran, Syria and Afghanistan, are said to have left 12 people aged 13 to 42 injured after carrying out random attacks and hurling racist abuse at them in the Bavarian city of Amberg.
The National Democratic Party of Germany posted photos online of four people wearing red protective vests to create ‘safe spaces’, including outside a refugee centre.
A migrant gang left 12 people aged 13 to 42 injured after carrying out random attacks and hurling racist abuse in a German city, it has been reported. Pictures have emerged showing three of four suspects arrested by police
Four teenagers – from Iran , Syria and Afghanistan – are said to have targeted passers-by in the Bavarian city of Amberg. Pictured: One of four suspects arrested by police
The mayor of Amberg, Michael Cerny, said he was ‘shocked’ that the neo-Nazi group were marching on his streets.
‘I can understand the insecurity seen in some of the reactions of some Ambergers, but the hatred and the threats of violence from all over the country go way too far,’ Cerny told the local daily Mittelbayerische Zeitung.
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Police said they were investigating the reports, which also said a group calling itself ‘Kraut/pol’ had accused town authorities in an email of failing to protect the citizens of Amberg.
The violence broke out at about 6.30pm on Saturday at Amberg station.
A 13-year-old, named as Nimo M was kicked in the stomach before a 29-year-old, identified as a landscape gardener named Marco S. was hit in the face.
A migrant gang left 12 people aged 13 to 42 injured after carrying out random attacks and hurling racist abuse in the German city of Amberg (pictured), it has been reported
In another incident, a 17-year-old girl was branded a ‘hooker’, Bild reports, before her companions were struck in the face when they tried to intervene.
One eyewitness said a man was pushed down a flight of stairs at the train station.
Another teenager described how racist abuse was hurled at a friend before three people in the group were chased and attacked.
A man who tried to help them was also beaten up, said the teenager, who needed hospital treatment for bruises and concussion.
Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (pictured) said he was ‘dismayed’ by the events in Amberg adding: ‘If asylum seekers commit violent crimes, they must leave our country’
The case revived a simmering debate over immigration, integration and crime that has flared since the mass influx of over one million asylum seekers since 2015.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who hails from Bavaria and has been harshly critical of Merkel’s liberal stance on immigration, quickly chimed in and called for speedy expulsions of immigrants who break the law.
The newspaper said the suspects included an Afghan man with an ongoing asylum request and three rejected asylum seekers – an Iranian who has no passport, an Afghan who is underage, and another Afghan with an ongoing appeal against his deportation order.
A spokeswoman for Merkel on Wednesday condemned the assaults in Amberg as well as a xenophobic attack by a 50-year-old unemployed German man who steered his car into groups of immigrants on New Year’s Eve.
One of those attacks, in the city of Bottrop, left eight people injured, including a four-year-old Afghan boy and a ten-year-old Syrian girl.
Man who drove his car into crowds on New Year in suspected racist attack on foreigners in Germany is charged with attempted murder
A 50-year-old German man accused of driving a car into groups of foreigners on New Year’s Eve has been formally remanded in custody for attempted murder, police said Wednesday.
Eight people, including two children, were wounded in an assault that police described as a ‘targeted attack motivated by the driver’s hostility to foreigners’.
The German man is accused of accelerating his car at groups of revellers in Bottrop and Essen, two cities in the west of Germany. He was arrested the same night.
A 50-year-old German man accused of driving a car into groups of foreigners on New Year’s Eve has been formally remanded in custody for attempted murder, police said Wednesday. Police are pictured at the scene on January 1
The car hit several people in Bottrop, injuring a four-year-old Afghan boy and his mother, 29, as well as a 10-year-old Syrian girl, said police in a statement.
A Syrian woman, 46, who was also severely hurt in the incident, was declared out of danger after undergoing surgery.
The region’s interior minister, Herbert Reul, said the accused ‘had the clear intention to kill foreigners’.
The man was not formerly known to police.
According to Spiegel Online, he has been treated for schizophrenia in the past.
The unemployed man reportedly told police that ‘the high number of foreigners is a problem for Germany that he wants to solve,’ said Spiegel.
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