by Nick Hallett
More Germans are likely to die in road traffic accidents
because police are now too busy dealing with the migrant crisis, German
police federation chairman Rainer Wendt has said.
Speaking to Die Welt,
Mr. Wendt said police have already had to cancel next year’s ‘Blitzer
Marathon’ where forces across the country increase their efforts to
catch speeding motorists. The ‘Marathon’, which has been held every year
for the past two years, involves thousands of officers taking to the
streets to crack down on motorists.
However, Mr. Wendt said traffic monitoring had now been “dramatically
scaled back” in all German states, with “fatal consequences”. The
government now looks set to miss its target of reducing road fatalities
by 40 per cent by 2020. In fact, Mr. Wendt said, fatalities could even
The police will also have to scale back their presence at certain
events such as football matches and demonstrations, Mr. Wendt added.
Some lower league football matches where there is a potential for
violence among fans may have to be cancelled all together, or there will
be quotas for “away” fans.
“Then they can only be played in front of fans from the home team,”
Wendt said. “The Dutch have already been doing this, even in the
Last month, Breitbart London reported
that interior ministers from various German states had already written
to the Chairman of the Internal Security Working Group II, telling him
the next ‘Blitzer Marathon’ was off.
They said: “Due to the unpredictable evolution of the refugee
situation and the resulting duties of the police… it was unanimously
decided by all AK II members that preparations for the next
transnational speed control event should be halted.”
Speaking at the time, Mr. Wendt blamed national “austerity” policies
for reducing the police’s ability to cope with the migrant crisis.
“Now we see the dramatic consequences of the short-sighted austerity
policies of recent years. There are no reserves left, the police are
working to their limit every day.”