Sunday, 7 August 2011
In an interview with a newspaper, the German police trade union official Bernhard Witthaut admits that parts of Germany, particularly those dominated by immigrants, have become lawless no-go areas, even for the police.

For perspective, listen to a recent BBC clip in which the notion that there were Islamic no-go areas in Europe was portrayed as some kind of lunatic, far-right conspiracy theory. The German police official quoted below must obviously be some kind of mad xenophobe or islamophobe.

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Interviewer: Are there urban areas – for example in the Ruhr – districts and housing blocks that are "no-go areas", meaning that they can no longer be secured by the police?

Witthaut: Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier. The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas crimes no longer result in charges. They are left "to themselves". Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture.

Interviewer: Is this only in areas where immigrants form a majority of the population?

Witthaut: It's mainly areas in which there are many immigrants living. Task force commanders have to decide for example whether to send female colleagues. Women are not taken seriously as authority figures there. The police as an institution must reconquer its authority there, but not only there, even among indigenous Germans. That can only happen if the politicians back us up. We also want more young people from an immigrant background to opt for a career in the police. They are the best ambassadors of the values we represent.
Source: PI


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