Sunday, September 27, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (September 27, 2015)

Mass brawl erupts at refugee center in Germany
A mass brawl involving up to 200 refugees erupted in a German asylum seeker shelter after a young Syrian girl was allegedly threatened with a knife by a teenage Afghan boy.

Violence broke out between Syrians and Afghans after tensions reached boiling point in a converted exhibition hall in Leipzig, where around 1,800 refugees have been living for the past two weeks.

Refugees fought each other with bars, table legs and bed frames on Thursday evening, forcing German Red Cross staff to flee. Two female workers were injured in the chaos, with one breaking a knee cap after falling as she tried to escape, while the other suffered from shock.

The brawl was allegedly sparked after an 11-year-old Syrian girl was threatened with a knife by a teenage Afghan boy.

Refugees also turned on security staff and soldiers standing guard in the hall, although they were not injured, according to police.

The exact number of refugees injured in the carnage was unclear, said police. A huge contingent of officers was finally able to bring the situation under control.

Six Afghans were taken into custody on suspicion of breaching the peace, and police are also investigating the suspected coercion with a knife of the girl, as well as reports of injury and mobile phone theft.

The incident in Leipzig is the latest brawl to break out among refugees staying in shelters in Germany, where accommodation is growing increasingly limited and migrants have been forced to stay in overcrowded housing.

In August, violence spilled over at a refugee shelter in the town of Suhl in central Germany after an Afghan tore out pages from the Koran, prompting anger from 20 other residents, police said.

The same refugee home in Suhl was previously criticised over the building's structural defects and overcrowding. A lack of space triggered an earlier brawl at the shelter at the beginning of August after refugees had to sleep in the passageways.

Bodo Ramelow, state prime minister for Thuringia and a member of the Left party, called last month for separate refugee accommodation for different ethnic groups to minimise tensions.

Germany is officially expected to receive 800,000 asylum applications by the end of this year, although earlier this month German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel put the number at one million.

German woman threatened with eviction to make way for refugees
A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 16 years to make way for asylum-seekers, amid growing concerns over how Germany will find accommodation for the hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into the country.

Bettina Halbey, a 51-year-old nurse, has lived alone in her flat in the small western German town of Nieheim since her children grew up.

On September 1, she received a letter from her landlord, the local municipality, telling her the building was being turned into a refugee shelter and she had until next May to leave.

“I was completely taken aback,” Ms Halbey told Welt newspaper. “I find it impossible to describe how the city has treated me.”

When Ms Halbey vented her frustration on Facebook, asking why she was being evicted when properties were standing empty in the town, her comment was shared 200,000 times.

In Germany, where 52 per cent of people rent their homes, it is unheard of to be asked to leave under such circumstances.

Tenants are strongly protected by law, and can normally only be evicted if they have broken the terms of their rental agreement.

“I’ve muddled through sorrow and distress, and then I get this notice,” said Ms Halbey, who brought up her two children as a single mother in the flat. “It was like a kick in the teeth.”


Germany Already Regretting ‘Open Door’ Policy to ‘Refugees’
It’s only been a few weeks, and already Angela Merkel’s foolish “compassion” is testing the nerves of Germans, who are just now realizing the enormity of what’s happening to their country. They’ve been had [Read the whole thing here.]

'German fever' grips Damascus
Damascus (AFP) - When customers ask which of the backpacks displayed in Damascus's Souk al-Khija market is the sturdiest, shopkeeper Walid knows they are planning to take to the sea and try to reach Germany. [...]

"I sell 20 backpacks a day to customers of all ages, to whole families," said Walid. "There's no need to ask. They are refugee bags."

The rolling suitcases lined up along the sidewalk are not nearly as popular.

"I call them the visa-suitcases, for the people who have chosen a legal voyage, but I don't sell many, maybe two or three a day."

Abu Mohammed is another shopkeeper in Souk al-Khija, which specialises in travel items.

He says some 1,000 backpacks are sold every day, and that factories have had to increase production to meet the skyrocketing demand. [...]

Germany has said it expects 800,000 to one million asylum applications by the end of this year.

"In 2011 -- that is, before the crisis -- the embassy was issuing about 6,500 visas per year of all types. Today, this number has increased five-fold," a German official told AFP.

"German fever" has now gripped Damascus, where young professionals and students are scrambling to learn German -- a prerequisite for student visas.

Before the war erupted, the Goethe Institute cultural centre had offered language classes in Damascus.

But since it closed its doors, more than 25 German language schools have sprung up to serve at least 1,000 students.

Pupils pay $200 to $250 (179-223 euros) to reach the language level required to apply for a student visa.

At the Ibn Sina centre, the demand is so high that the administration has replaced all English courses with German, director Mohammad al-Omari tells AFP.

"For eight years, we did five German sessions per month, compared with 15 today. We increased the number of teachers from three to eight," he said.

Large maps of Germany hang on classroom walls, each city marked in large script. [...]

Austria urges debate on refugee spending and EU deficit rules
BERLIN (Reuters) - The rising cost of looking after refugees may scupper the budget plans of some European governments, and Brussels should consider exemptions for such spending under its EU deficit rules, Austria's finance minister was quoted as saying.

"The short-term costs are high but predictable. More critical is the question of the longer-term effects (on the budgets)," Hans Joerg Schelling told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, in an interview published on Sunday.

He said a lot of refugees would stay in Europe, which meant governments had to build more houses and schools. "I have my doubts that the budgets that are being planned now will be sufficient," the minister said.

Some economists argue that the increased number of refugees will lead to stronger domestic demand, and therefore higher tax revenue. "But you have to keep in mind that this growth push is financed with more spending and more debt," Schelling said.

500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean: Italian coastguard
Rome (AFP) - Some 500 migrants were rescued in seven operations launched over the weekend in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

A spokesman told AFP on Sunday that four of the rescue operations had already wound up but the others were ongoing. [...]

The mission is equipped with four ships, including an Italian aircraft carrier, and four planes. It is manned by 1,318 troops from 22 European countries.

A German frigate named Werra and an MSF (Doctors Without Borders) ship rescued 140 people from a giant dinghy on Saturday afternoon, according to an AFP photographer.

The migrants mainly came from the west African countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone and left Libya three days earlier. They were rescued about 80 kilometres off the Libyan coast.