Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A monument to the victims of the racist attack in Hanau was destroyed in Cologne


A rally in memory of the victims was held in Hanau on Friday to mark the anniversary of the attack. Photo: EPA

Cologne police have confirmed that unknown vandals destroyed a monument to the victims of the attack on Saturday night. Hanauu. A plaque with pictures and names of the victims was torn from the monument and thrown along the riverbed reke Ren, reports the German news agency DPA. The investigation is being led by the State Security Unit.

The memorial was dedicated to ten people killed by an extremist in a shooting attack on February 19 last year. Striker Tobias Rathjen he initially shot nine people in two bars, most of whom were immigrants, both German and foreign nationals, and then killed his mother and himself.

Relatives of the victims warn that a year after the crime, all the circumstances have still not been clarified and that he has not assured that something like this will not happen again.

The Eintracht Frankfurt players also remembered the victim of the attack before the match.  Photo: EPA

The Eintracht Frankfurt players also remembered the victim of the attack before the match. Photo: EPA

Prior to the murders, the attacker posted pamphlets online with far-right and racist views and conspiracy theories in which he expressed hatred towards immigrants. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2002, and in November 2019 he filed a criminal complaint against an intelligence organization that, in his opinion, wanted to monitor events in the world through “eavesdropping on people’s brains”, according to the French news agency AFP.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a ceremony on Friday, he called on Germany to unite against the far right. He acknowledged that the authorities had made mistakes and said he was very sad that the country had not been able to deliver on its promises of protection, security and freedom, the German news agency DPA reported.

Extreme right-wing violence on the rise

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as early as Thursday that it could not be said that the attack could not have been expected based on intelligence statistics. These show that more than 33,000 far-rightists live in Germany, 13,000 of whom are willing to use violence.

Data from the German police show that the number of crimes by far-right activists is on the rise. German police handled 23,000 such cases last year, 700 more than the year before and the highest number in four years. Actions range from Nazi salute to threats, hate speech, property damage, and beatings and terrorism.





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