Thursday, July 19, 2018

Germany: An African man wants to divert train -- "Take me to Bitterfeld" -- Passengers and conductors attacked

This morning, around 6:20 a.m., the federal police at Halle central station were asked for help by a train attendant of a suburban railway. A 37-year-old man had just entered the suburban train in the direction of Leipzig and loudly demanded that he be taken to Bitterfeld. The train attendant ordered him to leave the train. As a result, the 37-year-old Beninese became aggressive towards the train attendant and the passengers in the train. The officers of the federal police expelled the man from the train. Under no circumstances did he comply with this reprimand and so it had to be enforced by physical coercion. Subsequently, he tried to spit at the officials and defended himself against the police measures. The officials and the 37-year-old fell on the platform. Fortunately, no one was injured in this fall. According to an ambulance doctor, the man was able to continue on his way. He is now threatened with criminal charges of assault and resistance against law enforcement officials.

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