As German society struggles to deal with huge numbers of desperate migrants flowing into their country, “all hell” has broken loose in Germany’s asylum camps, says Rainer Wendt, head of the country’s police union.
“In our asylum camps, all hell broke loose; at the border in southern Germany, and in Bavaria especially, it’s hell,” said Wendt on German TV station N24 in an interview about how German police are struggling to manage the migrant crisis.
“Our colleagues down there can’t ever take their boots off anymore. But that’s not just since last week or since last month, but all year,” he said.
“Our federal police and the Bavarian county police especially, and also from other countries, have for months now been heavily overwhelmed, and now politicians are acting like they’re totally surprised, but that can’t be; nobody is surprised, and they should’ve reacted a lot sooner.”
Around a million asylum seekers (others say more) are expected to arrive in Germany this year, and the country’s social services have struggled with the numbers thus far. The migrants are arriving from war-torn and impoverished areas of the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and even the Balkans.
Wendt says that the police have the duty to defend the asylum camps from attacks committed by far right anti-immigrant groups, and to deal with criminality among the refugees, such as rapes of women and of children.
See this video about rape and child abuse in overcrowded German asylum camps according to allegations made by a number of women’s rights groups and politicians:
Wendt said there has been a massive use of violence and criminal activities in the camps.
“Those are not just little squabbles because they’re living in cramped spaces; these are territorial conflicts, dominance struggles, I mean fanatical religious groups that can’t be separated easily,” Wendt said.
“Our private security personnel are completely overwhelmed. We don’t have enough and they are not qualified enough.”
Wendt said the troublemakers among the migrants respect the police to a point, but they don’t respect Germany’s laws.
“They instinctively know that our laws are weak and they know that no matter how badly they behave, it has absolutely no consequence for their asylum status,” he said.
Wendt was also interviewed in this report below about how a series of violent clashes between rival groups of asylum seekers has prompted questions over Germany’s policy of welcoming refugees:
They pretty much can do whatever they please, and the state barely reacts.
“The judiciary and the political part of the state should make it very clear to these people from the get-go that in this country that Sharia does not apply, or any other religion, but that here, the German rule of law applies, and that we are ready to enforce that,” he said.
Wendt added that the German state needs to concentrate on protecting the vulnerable, such as women, families, and children, and especially Christians.
“And beyond that, it has to be made very clear to everybody that lives in these camps, here the German rule of law is in effect, and the law has to be enforced, and whoever breaks the law only has the right to imprisonment and deportation left.”
This video below looks at how immigration officials in Berlin are struggling to cope with a 20-fold increase in migrants and refugees: