There were more than 3,500 violent attacks against refugees in Germany last year, leaving 560 people injured, including 43 children.
The attacks have been blamed on right-wing violence, with Ulla Jelpke, a lawmaker for Germany’s far-left Die Linke party, calling for stronger actions to curb such incidents.
“We’re seeing nearly 10 [criminal] acts a day,” Jelpke told the Funke Mediengruppe, a German regional newspaper group, according to Agence France-Presse. “Do people have to die before the rightwing violence is considered a central domestic security problem and makes it to the top of the national policy agenda?”
Jelpke demanded that “at least the government stop giving the impression through new tougher asylum laws that refugees are a threat.” Instead, she said: “Nazis are threatening refugees and therefore our democracy.”
Violent attacks by “Nazis” on refugees, however, may be retaliation for the infamous New Year’s Eve mass sexual assaults on German women allegedly carried out by refugees.
The following excerpts are from a MailOnline article published on July 11, 2016:
A leaked report has revealed a staggering 1,200 were sexually abused in German cities during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The police document stated detectives believe 2,000 men were involved across various cities but that the bulk of the crimes were committed in Cologne and Hamburg where 600 and 400 sexual assaults on women were reported respectively.
The horrendous scenes more than seven months ago have only resulted in four convictions, although more trials are underway.
One of the most recent were the trials of foreign nationals Hussain A and Hassan T, [who] walked from court cheering and smiling having been gifted suspended sentences despite the judge calling them ‘animals’.
Algerian Hassan T was also found guilty of being an accomplice to a sexual assault carried out by a group of around 20 men.
The 26-year-old told a man who was walking with two female victims ‘Give me the girls, give me the girls – or you’re dead.’
Dozens of victims have bravely come forward to tell of their horror, including 17-year-old studnet Dilara Zajarskaite, who waived her anonymity to tell MailOnline: ‘We were attacked separate five times and no one stopped to help us. These Arab men touched me and hurt me. They tried to kidnap my best friend. It was terrifying.
‘I told a policeman what had happened to us that night but he said it was not worth making a complaint because I could not name any of the attackers.
‘It is a scandal the police have not captured any of the men who did this.’
Hers is one of 1,200 nightmare stories from December last year, which include crimes ranging from pick pocketing to gang rape.
Police say the wave of attacks were perpetrated by groups of ‘Arab or North African’ men in the city centre, in what they described as a ‘new dimension in crime’.
Another distressed victim, who did not want to be identified, told Euronews: ‘We were fondled, I was groped between my legs. My friends were also fondled. My boyfriend tried to pull me away. There was quite a big group of people, maybe thirty or forty,’
One of the first victim’s to speak out, an 18-year-old named only as Michelle, described being surrounded by a group of 30 ‘angry’ men who groped her and her friends then stole their belongings as they fled.
Witnesses and police have described men working in ‘coordinated’ groups to grope women who were unable to escape, while two women reported they were raped.
Michelle’s shocking testimony comes as the city’s own council today admitted its town centre was now a ‘no-go area’ for women, while it has emerged similar attacks occurred the same night across Hamburg and Stuttgart.
Historically, Germans have never been a long-suffering people.
So, with what has been happening in Germany, including perceived police ineptitude, it wouldn’t be surprising if some — the ones Jelpke calls Nazis — had decided to take the law into their own hands.
If, indeed, that was the motive for the violent attacks against refugees last year, another New-Year’s-Eve-type incident this year could spark an escalation of Jelpke-Nazi retaliation.