by Nick Hallett
Police are investigating after an asylum seeker allegedly
held a knife to the throat of a local resident in a violent dispute in
southern Germany on Saturday night.
The incident occurred in the town of Prien am Chiemsee in southern Bavaria, near the border with Austria, according to chiemgau24.com.
An argument broke out near the town’s railway station between two
rival groups around 11:30pm, involving both locals and migrants. During
the confrontation a migrant pulled a knife and held it to the throat of
one of the locals before another local stepped in and hit the migrant.
This past weekend there have also been reports of brawl at a migrant
centre in Saxony involving some 100 asylum seekers. Police said around
40 Afghans and 50 to 60 people of other nationalities were involved,
threatening one another with metal bars.
They added there was initially little they could do due to the
language barrier, and it took a while to find someone who could explain
the fight started due to “religious conflicts” after scheduled prayer
times overran, with Syrian migrants complaining about “loud” Afghan
An Afghan asylum seeker has now been identified as the main culprit and taking into custody after receiving medical treatment.
These incidents are the latest in a series of internecine fights
among migrants in Germany. Earlier this month, three Afghans were seriously injured in a fight with a gang of Syrians after exchanging a series of insults in a German language class.
Last month, one man was killed
in another fight at an asylum centre in Wolfsburg. Police were called
to the scene after gunshots were heard, and found two men seriously
injured. Both were taken to hospital where one later died. No weapons
The chief of the German police union has admitted
that the scale of migrant violence may be larger than the media is
reporting because police are not reporting all incidents to avoid
scaring the public.
“The public does not know everything,” he said.