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A further outbreak of rioting and possible police injuries was prevented later in May in Cologne when the city’s authorities, not wanting a repeat of the Bonn violence, called up a large force of 1,000 police officers, equipped with water cannon and riot gear, to protect 25 PRO NRW members demonstrating before a local Salafist mosque. Police blocked off the streets and prevented the two sides from coming into contact but arrested several Salafists found with knives, stones and other projectiles.
The rioting in Mannheim was preceded by an invasion of a hospital in Denmark in August by 70 members of a Muslim gang. They had earlier shot and stabbed two rival gang members and arrived at the hospital’s emergency area to “finish off” the two injured victims. Fortunately, police officers present turned the mob back after firing their guns but not before the thugs had vandalized the emergency area and destroyed an ambulance and police car. Fortunately, no police or hospital workers were hurt. But some Danes are upset at the fact that, as of the last report, only three arrests have been made despite the large number involved.
There have also been only 31 arrests made in the Mannheim riot. Since visitors to the festival came from all over Europe, police say it will be difficult to identify many of those involved.
It is not surprising that Germans are wondering what is going on in their country today. Many realize that multiculturalism is a destructive, failed policy and that they are destined to experience many more such violent, “culturally enriching” moments in the future. They question why people are being let into Germany who actually belong in jail rather than on their streets. But what appears to upset Germans most about the Mannheim riot, even more than the lack of arrests, is that the police lost control of the situation and actually had to retreat to safety, leaving the rioters in control of the area for hours until police reinforcements arrived.
“We were momentarily rather at a loss and didn’t know how to master the situation,” said Boll. “We had to vacate the field without a fight.”
Finally, when a force of 600 had been assembled, the police were able to restore order that evening. The number of festival-goers injured remained unknown, because police and emergency vehicles did not enter the event area for obvious safety reasons.
Due to this loss of control on the part of the Mannheim police, some Germans are now worried whether security authorities will be able protect them when such inevitable rioting occurs again in future. Besides the complete lack of respect shown towards the forces of law and order, the weakness of the Mannheim police was highly disturbing to them, since a strong police force is instrumental for citizens’ protection in a state based on the rule of law. One reader stated in Die Welt he would never have thought one must have more fear nowadays about the future peace of Europe than during the Cold War. And if the police cannot enforce law and order, another reader asked, what could prevent such a “violence-prepared” mob from “breaking into houses, plundering and pillaging?”
The answer is nothing. The politicians are also not going to help correct the situation by sending large numbers of these miscreants back to their country of origin. So the only option left is, like in America, for the ordinary citizen to arm him- or herself, if one wants to survive in the “beautiful, new multicultural world” Europe has become.
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