Welcome to the small German town of Sumte where the population of 102 is facing in influx of 750 migrants to be housed in redundant office buildings. Naturally they’re a bit pissed off at the prospect of becoming and Islam enclave. So far their protest have only managed to reduce the influx from the 1,000 originally proposed. It’s symptomatic of the backlash that’s now happening in Germany over Merkel’s open door migration policy.
The weekend also saw huge rifts appear between Mrs. Merkel’s CDU party and her sister CSU party in Bavaria which is demanding a closure of Germany’s frontier with Austria to any more migrants.
In Saxony more than 100 locals hurled fireworks at asylum seekers and police as they attempted on Sunday to prevent refugees moving into local accommodation. In Magdeburg on Sunday morning a mob of 30 people, some carrying baseball bats, chased three Syrians and beat them. Police moved in to protect the men.
In Wismar in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Angela Merkel’s home state – on Saturday evening two Syrians aged 31 and 33 were attacked by baseball-bat wielding thugs outside a refugee centre.
In Freital – a crucible of trouble in recent weeks where right-wingers even tried to assassinate a left-wing politician with a car bomb because of his support for a local refugee home – there was another firebomb attack against an apartment building housing eight migrants. The bomb exploded against the bedroom window of a resident who was wounded with shrapnel in the face.
And all this against the backdrop of 218,000 migrants crossing the Med in October alone – 2,000 more than in the whole of the previous year. Something has to give – and it would appear to be the patience of the German people. The press is quick to describe these people as ‘neo-nazis’ and compare the violence to the Third Reich treatment of jews and gypsies but I think that’s press propaganda. The Germans are clearly simply being over-run and they’ve had enough! I can’t say I blame them.
On a lighter note, a good God fearing Christian woman at my bridge group last week said she was thinking of having a Syrian refugee for Christmas. I simply replied ‘I suppose it will make a change from turkey?”
She was not amused…