German neonazis throw grenade at refugee shelter

This video from Germany says about itself:

Germany: Hand grenade attack on refugee camp leaves site on lockdown

29 January 2016

A refugee camp in Villingen-Schwenningen was attacked with a live hand grenade early on Friday morning, with authorities inspecting the scene of the crime later in the day. The attackers removed the pin of the device and launched it at the Baden-Württemberg hostel which houses up to 170 refugees. However, the grenade failed to explode, resulting in no injuries. The incident comes as increasing levels of anti-immigrant violence swells in the region.

A good thing the nazi perpetrators of this were apparently clumsy nazis, preventing a bloodbath. If only their predecessors in Hitler’s Waffen SS would have been as clumsy, then the world would be a better place.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Hand grenade thrown at refugee shelter in Germany in latest attack on asylum seekers in wake of Cologne assaults

Asylum seekers were asleep in the building at the time and police said it was just ‘luck’ that the grenade did not detonate

Lizzie Dearden

A hand grenade was thrown into a refugee shelter in Germany overnight as officials said attacks against asylum seekers in the country hit a new level of “hate and violence”.

Police in the southern town of Villingen-Schwenningen said it was “just luck” that the device did not explode when it landed at 1.15am.

Around 20 asylum seekers were sleeping inside the building at the time and were evacuated while a bomb squad destroyed it in a controlled explosion.

Heiko Maas, the German justice minister, said the attack represented a new level of “hate and violence” that must be addressed by local and federal authorities.

“Grenades are already being thrown at refugee homes – we can’t wait until there is someone dead,” he added.

“We need to do everything we can to ensure xenophobic crimes are more rapidly solved and punished more severely.”

Herr Maas, it would help if the governments of Germany and other European countries would stop their policies of wars, which make more and more people into refugees. It would help if the authorities in Germany and other European countries would stop their anti-refugee policies, which contribute to a climate in which violent nazi crimes like this grenade throwing can thrive.

Attacks targeting refugees or their homes appear to have spiked in Germany following … sexual assaults … in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Several asylum seekers were badly beaten earlier this month after a vigilant group vowed to “clean up” the city, which has also seen thousands-strong protests by Pegida and other far-right groups.

In another assault near Dresden, a man wearing a swastika-emblazoned helmet and “Hitler moustacheattacked two Afghan men while they were sledging, and protesters on a violent rampage through Leipzig started fires and smashed windows.

Hundreds of incidents and plots had already been recorded before the Cologne assaults – mainly arson attacks on refugee accommodation, where swastikas and anti-immigration [slogans] have also been daubed.

Explosives were uncovered by police whoprevented a planned neo-Nazi assault on refugee centres with knives, baseball bats and guns in October.

Villingen-Schwenningen lies in Baden-Württemberg – one of two German states that have started taking refugees’ valuables and cash in controversial seizures also seen in Switzerland and Denmark.

Around 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year and the Government is now taking steps to restrict numbers after criticism of Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome all Syrian refugees.

Hand grenade, AFP photo

This photo shows the hand grenade type used in the Villingen-Schwenningen anti-refugee attack.

11 thoughts on “German neonazis throw grenade at refugee shelter

  1. Saturday 30th January 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    ‘It was just luck’ that the grenade didn’t explode

    GERMAN police were hunting suspects following a hand grenade attack on refugee accommodation yesterday.

    Tuttlingen police spokesman Thomas Kalmbach said “it was just luck” the device did not explode and nobody was harmed.

    The incident took place at about 1.15am in the Black Forest town of Villingen-Schwenningen in southern Baden-Wurttemberg state.

    Security guards spotted the grenade and kept residents away while police responded.

    A bomb squad destroyed the device in a controlled explosion on the scene at about 5am after evacuating the 20 residents from the home.

    The centre, a former army barracks, houses some 170 refugees.

    Police said the grenade still contained its explosives but it was not clear whether it still had a detonator and forensics experts were investigating.

    Mr Kalmbach said it was as yet unclear whether the attackers were far-right extremists, but joked that they were not from the local branch of Refugees Welcome.

    In Geneva, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warned that the number of refugees perishing at sea trying to reach Europe has risen alarmingly.

    IOM spokesman Joel Millman said said that 244 refugees had drowned in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas since the start of the year, compared to 82 for the same period last year and 12 in 2014.

    Mr Millman added the figures were particularly concerning since far fewer refugees — 55,000 — had attempted the crossing so far this year compared to 2015.

    On Thursday the Party of the European Left (EL) — an alliance of communist and socialist parties which stands for the European Parliament — condemned the increasing criminalisation of refugees across the EU.

    In a statement, the EL said refugees are fleeing wars “inspired, supported and financed by the imperialist policies of Western countries.

    “They are victims of violence, impoverishment, social and cultural degradation that derive from the capitalistic policies of austerity and exploitation.”

    It said that rather than policing refugees, the EU should take responsibility and allow them in.

    The EL vowed to fight against the fascism, xenophobia and Islamophobia “that is fed by the unfounded criminalisation of refugees.”


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