Hatchet attacks and sexual assaults: Migrants terrorise German swimming pools
For several weeks Western Europe has been suffering through a record breaking heatwave. Normally this would mean more people visiting outdoor swimming pools. However, in Germany, after numerous incidents with migrants, more Germans simply won’t risk going to the pools, tabloid BILD reports.
Last Wednesday a large fight started in a Magdeburg swimming pool between groups of Croatians and Afghans. A 17-year-old Croatian girl is said to have been splashed several times with water by the Afghans.
As a result, she pushed the Afghan boy to the ground, after which a verbal battle ensued in which her brothers intervened. It resulted in a fight between the two groups, during which one of the attackers even lost a hatchet while wielding it. The police have initiated a preliminary investigation into grievous bodily harm.
Late on Wednesday, around 5PM, a dispute in the Erfurt Nordpark escalated to where a 23-year-old German was attacked with an unknown weapon by a 20-year-old with Turkish citizenship. The man was stopped by a security guard who intervened.
The police report that a weapon was used during the argument, leading to minor injuries of both men. The 20-year-old is said to have sprayed pepper spray.
In Chemnitz, several Syrian boys groped two 12 year old German girls in the local swimming pool on Thursday. The girls ran to the lifeguard, who called the police. Two youths (12, 14) were caught by the officers and handed over to their parents.
That same day, in a swimming pool in Melle, around 40 people of migrant background clashed, according to police spokesman Peter Kleinfeld. Pool visitors were concerned the situation would escalate so a member of staff called the police.
As a consequence, police presence will be increased at the pool, Peter Kleinfeld announced. Other pools announced they will increase their security, as well.
At the Chemnitz pool, where the two German girls were sexually assaulted, security personnel will begin to patrol the area, especially on busy days. A few weeks ago there was another incident with ‘foreigners groping girls and attacking people’.