After a 30-year-old Afghan male attacked a 12-year-old girl by trying to push her in front of a moving train, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) state chief Leif-Erik Holm is calling for tougher immigration laws.
The Afghan allegedly tried to drag the child in front of a moving freight train at the train station in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state capital Schwerin.
“How is it possible that such a violent and unscrupulous Afghan walks freely through Schwerin? Who will take the political responsibility for such acts?“ Holm asked when talking to Junge Freiheit. “No more cameras or more police officers help against such violence, the only thing that helps here is tightening immigration laws. We already have enough of our own crime in the country, we don’t have to import additional ones.“
As the public prosecutor announced on Monday, the act occurred last Friday. The Schwerin district court has in the meantime issued an arrest warrant for the homeless Afghan. The defendant is accused of attempted manslaughter.
Attacked girls fought back, preventing worse from happening
According to the Schweriner Volkszeitung, the 12-year-old was sitting with her 13-year-old friend in the train station when the Afghan approached and spoke to the two girls. They didn’t understand him because of his accent and continued talking to each other. While a freight train rolled through the station, the man grabbed the 12-year-old without warning and tried to drag her to the tracks. Shortly before this, her friend was reportedly kicking the attacker in the leg and pulling the victim back.
When the train left the station, the man allegedly let go of the girl after his murder attempt was unsuccessful, saying, “Everything is fine, nothing happened.” He then fled over the tracks.
Bystanders are said to have heard the girls’ cries for help but did nothing, reported the newspaper.
Holm said he was happy that nothing worse happened.
“For the perpetrator, however, there can only be one consequence: deportation. Anyone who comes to Germany and attacks children here has permanently forfeited their right to hospitality,” said the AfD politician. “I don’t care at all whether the perpetrator is mentally ill in the end or which government is at the helm in Afghanistan. Germany must not be a collecting basin for the violent criminals of this world,“ he stressed.
The case is reminiscent of the one in Frankfurt
Holm was referring to similar acts in other cities. Two years ago, the case of a then 40-year-old Eritrean made headlines across Germany. The immigrant living in Switzerland had pushed a woman and her 8-year-old son in front of an ICE train in Frankfurt Central Station. While the mother was able to get to safety at the last second, the boy was run over by the train and died.
“Such attacks are the logical consequence of a migration policy that lets everyone into the country if they just shout ‘Asylum’ loud enough at the border,” commented Holm. While Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD), and other politicians can surround themselves with bodyguards, “the citizens have to live with crime, knife attacks and attacks on our children,” added the deputy AfD parliamentary group leader in the Bundestag.
“Where is the political outcry after such acts? Or is it normal in Schwesig’s state chancellery when children are almost murdered in the middle of the day at train stations?“ he asked.