Munich man who defended Somali migrants ambushed & severely beaten by far-right gang
Late in the evening, a 39-year-old German warehouse worker with African roots was on his way home from work in Munich, the Bavarian capital.
When the man got off his commuter bus in the northern part of the city, he saw a group of four or five white young men surrounding some Somalis, who were apparently migrants.
When he realized that the gang was shouting racist insults at the migrants, he intervened and tried to defend the Somalis, according to Munich police.
“Leave people from Somalia in peace,” he told the far-rightists.
That seemed to be the end of it at first, as the young men backed away and the 39-year-old continued on his way home.
However, after a while, one of the young men approached him, snatched his briefcase, and ran away. The man chased the thief into a nearby courtyard, only to find that he had run straight into a trap set for him by the young thugs.
The warehouse worker can barely remember what happened next, but said he was struck down with a wooden lath.
Lying on the ground, the man suffered such strong and relentless kicks to the face that he lost consciousness, the police report said.
At least one resident living in a nearby building heard the noise and alerted the police, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported. The man, bloodied and bruised, was then taken to a hospital to undergo surgery.
Hate-motivated crimes, including violent attacks and arson, have been on the rise in Germany since 2015, when the country took in nearly 1.1 million migrants, with refugee hostels primary targets for the far-right.
Statistics from the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) released earlier this month show that 554 of 599 assaults on refugees since January 2016 have been committed by “right-wing perpetrators.”
In May, the Interior Ministry said attacks on refugee centers alone had grown by five times, jumping from 199 recorded cases in 2014, to 1,031 in 2015, of which 94 were arson attacks and eight were offenses involving explosives.