He arrived as a refugee from Syria and became a YouTube star with provocative Internet videos. Now the public prosecutor is investigating Fayez Kanfash (26 years old) from Luckenwalde. For glorification of violence.
In early November, Kanfash became known nationwide: Disguised as a sheikh, he had led a man wearing the mask of French President Emanuel Macron on a rope across Neukölln (Tweet above). Berlin’s Attorney General is still investigating the case: Was that a crime or freedom of speech?But the authorities can’t take a joke with the Syrian’s most recent videos: Kanfash and his co-actors take part in a hunt for men in police uniforms. The Arabs overwhelm and “shoot” the “policemen” – with deceptively realistic-looking alarm guns. Then they take away their clothes and equipment.Apparently in order to avoid prosecution, Kanfash displays the “warning” in German and Arabic language at the beginning and end of the video: “Please do not imitate the seriousness of the situation / And please contact the German government and police / With all due respect”.This does not convince the real police officers. “The State Security is investigating because of the videos,” says police spokesman Torsten Herbst of Brandenburg to the newspaper B.Z., “we have reported Mr. Kanfash to the Cottbus Internet public prosecutor’s office for glorification of violence.
The Potsdam prosecutor is also investigating the Syrian. Police spokesman Herbst: “We have charged him with suspected violation of the weapons law. Other criminal offences are also being considered”.
This is apparently a case of social fraud. Kanfash had told the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” that he lives off welfare payments under Hartz IV – but earns up to 1000 euros a month with his internet films. The sum seems to be underestimated: On YouTube, the Syrian has more than one million subscribers.
190,000 people have viewed the ” hunt for the policemen”. Unbelievable: every tenth viewer thought the violent video was “good”. After the newspaper “WamS” request, YouTube removed all commercials from the video.
Brandenburg’s Ministry of the Interior confirmed to the Potsdam state parliament on Wednesday: “We are checking the video in coordination with the Potsdam and Cottbus public prosecutors’ offices”. The state government of Red-Black-Green wants to introduce the law against hate on the internet into parliament.