Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße in the Duisburg district of Marxloh is one of the streets that is said to be firmly in the hands of Arab clans. The police often patrol the pedestrian zone, it is usually peaceful, and the officers sometimes wink at the numerous children playing. The situation is similar on the evening of May 17th: At 6:07 p.m., a uniformed patrol car crew with two police officers and a third-year commissioner candidate notices the German-Lebanese S., a German-Lebanese who is known to the police, is an 18-year-old serial offender and member of a Lebanese extended family. This is a momentous encounter that will lead to a public reopening of the conflicts in the north of Duisburg and will make headlines nationwide in the following days. (See for that the following Tweet:)
Since the arrest of S. “the conflict seems to be simmering again in Marxloh and the surrounding area,” according to investigators. The police tactic of zero tolerance, which has been applied in the area for several years, is actually working. Since 2017 with 24 “tumult situations”, the number has been reduced to eleven in 2018 and to four last year, according to the present investigation file.But in the days after the arrest alone, there were two more tumult situations in the north of Duisburg, on 19th of May and 28th of May.
On the 22nd of May, according to the file, the Duisburg police headquarters receives an e-mail with a threat of attack and a warning that they should withdraw from Marxloh. “Subject: Allahu Akbar. Duisburg-Marxloh is our district. (…) We forbid all unbelievers to enter our district. We will expel or kill all policemen, journalists and other unbelievers with force of arms. Only the radical Sharia applies here,” the letter says. “We have procured 2000 AK-47 assault rifles with sufficient ammunition from Turkey and Russia. Allahu Akbar, kill all infidels.”
Investigators find out that the sender’s email address belongs to a platform that hides email addresses and identities. The investigating authorities apparently take the threats seriously. The police file says that the public prosecutor’s office sees this as an initial suspicion of disturbing the public peace by threatening to commit crimes.