Hundreds of his supporters gathered in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Potsdamer Square in Berlin yesterday during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. When he arrived at the hotel and stopped briefly outside, a group from Erdoğanfans rushed to him and celebrated him with chants. Erdoğan supporters were seen with Turkish flags and portraits of the Turkish leader, who stopped before entering the venue to address the crowd in person. Many of them had Turkish flags with them, or East Turkestan flags to show solidarity with separatist Muslim Uighurs.
On January 17, 2020, a video was uploaded to the Internet of an event at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on the anniversary of the 1453 AD capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire. The event was held by Hizb ut-Tahrir. Palestinian preacher Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam spoke before the crowd and said that the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople brings tidings that Rome will be conquered in the near future. He said that three prophecies will soon be fulfilled, and he expressed hope that his audience will be the ones to fulfil them. Siam elaborated that these prophecies are the prophecy that a rightly-guided Caliphate will be established, the prophecy that Jerusalem will be liberated and established as the capital of the Caliphate, and the prophecy that Islam “will throw its neighbors to the ground” and that its reach will span across the world. He told the crowd that their real task is to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah and to make the word of the infidels inferior to the word of Allah. In addition, he called on them to seek martyrdom for Allah. He added: “Do not obey the followers of Satan [and] those who collaborate with America, Russia, and the West.” The crowd chanted: “This Al-Aqsa [Mosque] will be liberated… The Caliphate was promised by Allah… By means of Caliphate and the consolidation of power, your conquest, oh Rome, is a matter of certainty… Allah Akbar!” For more about Nidhal Siam, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 7516 and No. 7216.
A criminal trial in Essen ended on Friday with a mass brawl in the courtroom. The police and judiciary had been forewarned, because the trial was about violent crimes committed by young Arab men whose families are fighting a feud – unfortunately not on the Arabian peninsula, where they belong, but in the Ruhr area. After the court had given the judgements, the crowd beat each other up. Even a massive police presence in the courtroom did not stop them from expressing their contempt for the German constitutional state, which they perceived as weak.Nadine Becker, a court reporter from the channel RTL, who was present, is stunned: “I have been a reporter for a long time, but I have never seen what I witnessed during this trial. Rioting and shouting, no sign of respect for the German legal system.”Will one of the rioters be deported? Of course not! Will the family clans involved be encouraged to leave our country as a whole? This is not even possible in Merkel-Germany! The criminal proceedings were related to violent crimes. The defendants, aged 16 to 21 years, were sentenced to juvenile prison and will go to prison for one to three years. They had lured an Arab from an enemy family to a schoolyard, ambushed him there and brutally beat him up. During this they recorded a mobile phone video, which had a large number of viewers on Youtube.Nothing special in this country, of which every year around 100,000 natives get so fed up that they emigrate.
Several hundred tractors blockaded roads across Germany on Friday as farmers vented their frustration over environmental regulations. The vehicles were headed for Berlin, along with a number of other parts of the country. Commuters were warned to expect disruption in the states where the convoy of tractors were out in force — namely Bavaria and Baden Württemberg in the south, Hesse in central Germany and Lower Saxony in the north, as well as Bremen and Berlin. The mayor of the German capital, Michael Müller, recognized that it is a “burden for Berlin,” but “the farmers have their point of view.” and that locals will “have to tolerate” the upheaval.The rallies come as Berlin holds the International Green Week, a food and agricultural fair which starts on Friday. The annual festival, which has been in existence for almost 100 years, has seen a number of protests in recent years as locals express concerns over the future of the agricultural industry and the environmental policy. The agricultural workers are angry at government policies regarding new animal welfare labeling and restrictions on the use of pesticides to protect insects, among other things. It is the second time in recent months tractors have descended on Germany’s urban areas after bringing traffic to a standstill in October 2019, with farmers citing government policies to limit nitrate runoff from fields and boost nature conservation as the principle reasons at the time for their blockade.
With the arrival of the policemen, quietness returns. The protesters are now just holding up their posters in silence, some are discussing quietly.Only a few minutes earlier, people were fighting. Moderator Fatma Keser had expected that the panel discussion entitled “The veil: fashion accessory, a religious symbol or political instrument” would not run smoothly. However, she did not expect such an outcry. Members of the group “Students against right-wing incitement” interfered with the guests in the student house of the Goethe University Frankfurt on Thursday evening. Even before the discussion participants can even get into the topic, a young woman stands up, holds a poster in the air, reads out a statement loudly. Other young men and women follow her example. Loud babble of voices makes a discussion impossible. Bewildered glances among those who came to discuss with the panelists, among them author Naïla Chikhi and Ingrid König, former school principal in Frankfurt’s Griesheim district. But that is hardly possible this evening. The members of the group “Students against right-wing incitement” unroll banners, hold up posters. On them are slogans that are supposed to remind of right-wing violence and racist incidents in the past.”The problem is called racism, not headscarf”, is written on the flyer the group distributes. The group of people on the discussion group showed that the headscarf discussion was being held without consulting the women wearing headscarves, the letter continued. Furthermore, the ban on the headscarf only promotes the already existing institutional discrimination of Muslim women in Germany.The situation is escalating when the group does not want to leave the room despite repeated requests. Fights, a table is knocked over. Only one remains calm. It is Naïla Chikhi. She doesn’t want to be intimidated, she says, won’t stop speaking her mind. In her opinion, the headscarf is “the flag of Islamism “, a symbol of the “enslavement of women”. She will defend her position even against resistance, Chikhi continued. “I will carry on all my life.”She insists on continuing the panel discussion, organized by members of the group “Terre des femmes”, the General Student Committee of the Goethe University and the Migrant Women for Secularity and Self-Determination, despite the incident. “I’m staying here. Until midnight if necessary. Otherwise they’ll feel they’ve won. She deliberately seeks dialogue with the troublemakers, does not shy away from discussion, agrees with them when it comes to condemning racist attacks. “Why did you not wait to protest? We could have had a serious discussion at the end”, she asks a young woman who is still holding a sign in the air. She does not get any response. faz.net
In an accommodation for asylum seekers in Zossen, a 61-year-old woman with Sudanese citizenship and a 31-year-old from Chad had a verbal argument in the communal kitchen on Tuesday afternoon. As a result, the 31-year-old poured boiling water over the woman’s head and face.The woman was seriously injured and was taken to a special clinic by paramedics. The man was temporarily detained. After interrogation, he was released on the instructions of the public prosecutor. The criminal investigation department is investigating on the charge of aggravated assault. maz-online.de
The Higher Regional Court has confirmed the first-instance verdict against Rabih Badr. The Moroccan, who is held responsible for the brutal murder of his girlfriend Marianne Obrist, is to be imprisoned for 30 years.The cruelty of the crime was decisive for the court’s decision, reports the broadcaster Rai Südtirol. The 39-year-old Marianne Obrist died violently in August 2017 in her apartment in Milland near Brixen.According to Judge Michaeler, her partner at the time had beaten her first with a stick, then with a baseball bat ” like a stray dog”. Badr is said to have stabbed the 39-year-old woman with a knife finally. The 34-year-old’s lawyers had announced an appeal against the prison sentence. According to Michaeler, the motive was not jealousy, but the complete control Badr wanted to exercise over Marianne Obrist.Although there are no indications of relations with other men, Rabih Badr’s father continues to denounce the alleged adultery of Marianne Obrist and protects his son. “This is his fault, he must be punished. But the punishment must not be excessive”, he demands in an interview with broadcaster Rai.”There was a problem between him and Marianne, namely the problem of adultery. She was not faithful to him, he dedicated his whole life to her, but Marianne was not worthy of him”.