If only someone could have predicted this…
From Daily Mail: A German politician has warned that the country is losing control of its streets, and has called for mass deportation of migrants.
Markus Söder, finance and home minister in Bavaria, made the comments following the murder of teenager Maria Ladenburger, and nearly a year since hundreds of sex assaults in Cologne.
He warned: ‘Our women and daughters are increasingly afraid of sexual assaults.’ He claimed police were becoming ‘frustrated’ with punishments meted out to migrants who commit sex offences.
A 17-year-old Afghan migrant has been accused of killing Miss Ladenburger, 19, and authorities are bracing themselves for New Year’s celebrations across the country. Maria Ledenburger was killed in October. A teenager from Afghanistan is suspected of her murder. She was killed in mid October in Freiburg, close to the Swiss border. Teenager Hussein Khavari is suspected of her killing.
Earlier this month, a 31-year-old Iraqi migrant was arrested on suspicion of raping two women in Bochum.
Last year’s festivities were marred by hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies of women, largely centered around Cologne railway station.
Söder told German newspaper Welt: ‘The state must act more decisively than in the past. Last year we lost control over our borders. Now we are beginning to lose control of streets and squares.’
He said not enough had been done after the disgraceful incidents in Cologne last year, saying there were ‘hardly any’ deportations. Söder stated: ‘To protect public order, even the slightest attacks must be prosecuted and punished.’
While the German government debates immigration rules, Söder called for the deportation process to be simplified. He dismissed current figures, which show around 50 people are deported each say, saying ‘it is about hundreds of thousands’. Söder told Welt: ‘We need a bigger plan.’
On Monday it was announced that 1,500 police officers would be deployed in Cologne over the new year. Police last year responded too late and in too few numbers to help the hundreds of women who were attacked by mostly North African men.
Cologne’s police chief was suspended from his position after the mayor said police had failed to inform her fully of the sexual assaults and was later replaced.
Last year’s assaults were damaging to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity, and called her open door immigration policy into question. This year her staff have been kept informed of the additional security measures.