Suicide ? German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead

The body of a man identified as Thomas Schäfer, the finance minister of the German state of Hesse, was found on a high-speed train line in the town of Hochheim between Frankfurt and Mainz, police confirmed Saturday.

The presence of a body on the tracks was first reported by witnesses to paramedics, who were unable to initially identify the remains due to the extent of the injuries.

Investigators said an investigation on the scene confirmed the identity of the man as Schäfer and that the death was likely a suicide. Police did not immediately release further details of the case.

According to media in the state of Hesse, the 54-year-old regularly appeared in public in recent days, for example, to inform the public about financial assistance during the coronavirus crisis. Schäfer had been finance minister of Hesse for almost 10 years

The state premier of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, said in a statement Saturday that the state’s leadership has received the news with “sadness and disbelief.”

“We are all shocked and can hardly believe” that Schäfer died so “suddenly and unexpectedly,” Bouffier said, adding: “Our sincere condolences go to his closest relatives.”

Police in Germany appear to have capitulated to migrants who ignore the no-contact ban due to the virus

Translation of tweet:

There are 4 infected people at Treptow-Köpenick. #Coronavirus The “#Flüchtlinge” are not interested in the ban on contact. The police seem to be capitulating. ? #COVID2019

Germany: Corona-infected asylum seekers are allowed to move around freely!

While restrictive measures to contain the Coronavirus pandemic are in place for large parts of the population, from curfews and contact bans to business closures, asylum seekers and migrants seem to care very little about these security requirements.In many cases, the authorities see themselves as “powerless”, turn a blind eye or do not even take action when foreigners disregard quarantine measures. But a case from the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that has now become known is likely to break the camel’s back.

Concerned citizens in the town of Parchim (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) contacted the AfD party and reported to party officials about migrants wearing respirators on the grounds of the former Office of Agriculture, which was converted into an asylum centre. Similar reports also came from the first intake asylum centre in Stern-Buchholz, just outside the state capital of Schwerin. The investigations of the AfD, under the chairman of the city faction in Parchim Tobias Pontow, brought a real scandal to light:

In Parchin alone, more than ten asylum seekers who have tested positive are said to be residing in the meantime, without the population having been informed. At the same time, some of these infected persons are said to have already escaped from quarantine.

After initially only one security guard (!) was on site in Stern-Buchholz to guard the asylum seekers’ shelter and its inhabitants, the police are now on site. But: The quarantine of the migrants is on a voluntary basis, as the police themselves announced! When asked by the AfD politician whether the police are on 24-hour watch outside the quarter, it was replied that they are only there to protect the quarantine centre and not to watch over the asylum seekers who are voluntarily in quarantine. And the scandal is even bigger. This “voluntary quarantine” was not respected by the residents, as was to be expected. According to a press release issued by the Schwerin public transportation company, asylum seekers infected with the coronavirus may have used public transportation in Schwerin. Bus line 9 between Stauffenbergstraße and Stern Buchholz has therefore been suspended until further notice. Two men from the Asylum Seekers’ Initial Reception Centre Stern-Buchholz had been in one of the buses and had been quarantined as infected persons. They were expelled from the bus and brought back to Stern-Buchholz. All vehicles of the line were cleaned as a precaution. However, how many citizens may have been infected with the potentially deadly virus as a result of this will probably never be known. In view of these terrible incidents, the AfD therefore rightly asks why Schwerin with the Stern-Buchholz refugee centre does not follow the example in Suhl (Thuringia), where the refugee centre for asylum seekers was completely put under strict quarantine after the occurrence of Corona cases (despite riots by the local residents, we reported)? There, the residents are no longer allowed to leave the premises. In Schwerin, however, this is apparently still possible, even if the authorities and the city and state governments continue to deny this. A detail on the side: The police stationed near the asylum centres even subtly accused the AfD research team of wanting to spread “fear and incitement” with the video clip and recorded the personal details of the politicians and functionaries!

The Coronavirus is a Gift for Culture-Enrichers in Germany

The Wuhan Coronavirus crisis presents a golden opportunity for “New Germans” to troll “those who have been here for a longer time”. Not only do they get a rise out of stodgy burghers by hawking lungers at them, they also gather in large crowds at will — they don’t need no stinkin’ social distance!

Nash Montana has translated three articles on the topic from the German press. The first is from Breaking News Saarland:

Unbelievable! Youths target elderly people and service personnel in trains by coughing on them

Dillingen: It’s terrible how little respect some people have towards their fellow humans. In the past week several incidents took place in Saarland’s local train traffic, in which youths targeted elderly fellow travelers and train service personnel by coughing at them. Mostly targeted by the attacks were: Regional trains between Saarbrucken and the Rhineland-Pfalz town of Landstuhl, between Saarbrucken and Saarlouis, and between Saarbrucken and the Rhineland-Pfalz town of Pirmasens.

The incidents usually took place from early afternoon until the evening hours. The youths might find this funny, but these coughing attacks undoubtedly lead to anxiety and fear in these Corona pandemic times. The incidents, however, fulfill elements of the law about ‘annoyance of the general public’ according to the Administrative Offense Act.

Therefore it is against the law for anyone who partakes in an offensive act that leads to the annoyance of the general public, threats thereof, and limiting the public order. The act can be punished with monetary fines.

Apart from that it is entirely possible that these youths who direct their coughing at other people are infected with the novel coronavirus, even though they may not know it yet. These cough attacks could indeed infect elderly people and service personnel, which can have grave consequences for at-risk patients.

The federal police in Saarland and Kaiserslautern have been informed about the incidents and are searching for offenders. The German Bahn has upped security on the trains. They plan to patrol the affected trains with more security personnel.

The second article is from Rundblick Unna:

Young men swear and cough at pedestrians — “now you have Corona!”

“The police are speechless about the incident,” the spokesman for the Kreisbehoerde Soest police underlines. He’s talking about “a rather impolite incident” which took place Monday evening around 11pm, when a witness called in to the police station:

In the inner city, three young men were walking, circa 25 to 30 years old, They swore at pedestrians — and coughed into their direction with the words: “Now you have Corona!”

The police deployed immediately but couldn’t find the trio anymore.

“We are pretty speechless about this incident. That’s why we are asking witnesses who could give us any clues about the suspects to call us. There exists unfortunately no physical description of the trio.”

Finally, from Tag24:

Mayor warns public: Many asylum seekers do not care about social contact restraints

The mayor of Schneeberg and Zschorlau is asking the Saxon Ministry of the Interior for help. The problem: A lot of asylum seekers refuse to limit themselves to social distance.

“We are increasingly seeing that asylum seekers meet up in large groups outside supermarkets, for example. But at this moment in time this just can’t happen,” Schneeberg’s mayor Ingo Seifert (49) says.

And that is why he — together with the Zschorlau mayor — sought help from the Saxon Ministry of the Interior.

In the meantime the police increasingly control social contact rules against asylum seekers: “We are now present in Schneeberg with more units in order to enforce the current prohibition against contact and the limitations of being in open settings,” the police confirmed.

The general ruling of the Saxon Freestate, which prohibits leaving of your own house or apartment without an essential reason, has now also been translated into other languages. This is to reach and include all asylum seekers and to get them to understand this rule.

“Now everybody has to show insight. And we have to show a certain toughness, so that the virus can’t spread any further”, Seifert emphasizes.