by Donna Rachel Edmunds
Women, children and religious minorities must be better
protected in Germany’s migrant camps, the head of the policing union has
said. Fighting between ethnic and religious groups within the camps has
intensified in recent weeks as the migrant population has swelled.
Rainer Wendt, chairman of the German Police Union has
told German media that Christians in particular are to be placed “under
special protection” as they are being harassed massively by Muslim
groups. Women and children should also be protected, he said, as they
too were vulnerable, Der Spiegel has reported.
“You can only estimate the extent of violence” against women and
children, he said, as they often gave no indication of having been raped
or abused “for fear of retribution.”
Local politicians have rejected his calls to segregate migrants upon arrival in Germany. Roger Lewentz,
the Social Democrat interior minister for the Rhineland-Palatinate told
German media that “separation according to religion or even ethnic
groups would be impractical” because of the large number of migrants
following into the region. He insisted that the priority was to put a
roof over the heads of new arrivals.
Likewise Ralf Stegner,
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in
Schleswig-Holstein said: “You have to act sensitively in ethnic
conflicts, but a flat religious or ethnic separation may not be the
Fellow SPD member Achim Post,
deputy chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalian SPD branch added: “The
main problem is not ethnicity, or religion, its cramped living
Wendt has acknowledged the close living quarters the migrants are
given, but insists that they are not the whole problem, pointing out
that the violence is not new.
“We have been experiencing this violence for weeks and months. Groups
fall out along ethnic, religious and clan structure lines, and go at
each other with knives and homemade weapons,” he said.
Most acts of violence were perpetrated between the Muslim groups.
Sunnis are fighting Shiites, both are fighting Salafists of various
stripes. In addition he said: “Women are forced to cover up. Men are
forced to pray. Islamists wish to impose their values and social
As well as recommending separation of the groups, Wendt has called
for immediate deportation of violent migrants. “For those here who are
delinquent and commit crimes, the full force of the law must be upheld.”
The Prime Minister of Thuringia has already been forced to enact a policy
of separating migrants along cultural lines as soon as they arrive,
thanks to persistent persecution of Christians by Muslim migrants.
Violent attacks have been flaring up all across the country as Muslim
immigrants transport their prejudices along with their possessions. An
Eritrean Christian and his eight months pregnant wife were hospitalised
after being brutally attack by Algerian Muslims wielding a glass bottle.
And in Kassel 14 people were injured over the weekend when a mass brawl involving hundreds erupted between warring factions.
Simon Jacob of the Central Council of the Eastern Christians said “that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”