Germans sour on helping migrants as riots, theft, sexual assault increase

Germans sour on helping migrants as riots, theft, sexual assault increase
Credit: Reuters

Many Germans who not too long ago welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants with open arms are beginning to have a change of heart after a massive riot broke out in the small town of Calden.

In this quaint municipality of 3,000 inhabitants, the chaos started at lunchtime Sunday when a 19-year-old Albanian cut in the food line at the town’s new tent city, prompting a reprimand from a 43-year-old Pakistani. Pushes degenerated into punches. Soon, 300 migrants wielding pepper spray and metal pipes were attacking each other in rival mobs.

A caravan of ambulances and SWAT team vans careened down streets lined with gawking residents. More than 50 police officers struggled for hours to restore order, with three hospitalized with injuries, according to witnesses and local officials.

“You know, when the refugees started coming, I was one of those who saw people needing help and I thought we have to help,” Harry Kloska told The Washington Post.

“But it’s been weeks [since the refugee camp opened], and I have a different opinion now,” he added.

Riots also broke out in Hamburg, Germany at two other refugee camps; one of which involved roughly 100 migrants who were using wooden planks as weapons that took more than a dozen police units to stop.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.