Kurdish Gathering Turns Violent in Mannheim

The Local, September 9, 2012

Around 80 police officers were injured and 31 people arrested in Mannheim on Saturday after an international gathering of about 40,000 Kurds erupted in violence triggered when a teenager was stopped with a banned flag.

Police stopped the 14-year-old at the entrance to cultural festival on the city’s Maimarkt because he was carrying a forbidden flag, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

After security guards unsuccessfully tried to block him from entering the festival’s grounds, they called the police for backup.

Before long around 2,500 Kurds were in an hours-long stand-off with 600 police officers, the paper reported. The police spokesperson said the “outbreak of violence was enormous,” and added that he had never experienced something like it in his 30 years on the force.

Hundreds, “if not more than a thousand” people ran at the police, some throwing stones, water bottles, bricks and fireworks, a police spokesman told the paper.

The police used pepper spray and confiscated flags and T-shirts of banned organizations, along with four knives and a set of brass knuckle dusters.

The police spokesman said those being violent and rushing the police were supported by thousands of their fellow participants, and that they had “no chance” of calming the crowd. The area eventually cleared at around 8 pm.

The news outlet Tagesschau.de reported early indications that the violence could have been influenced by targeted propaganda, such as a rumours among the Kurdish participants that on Friday night police in Mannheim had mistreated a Kurdish demonstrator.

Various smaller incidents were reported during Friday as the Kurds gathered in Mannheim. Police stopped a march on Friday by a Kurdish youth group after some involved attacked Turkish-looking passersby.

One group waved a banned PKK flag and shouted slogans in support of the group banned and regarded by the authorities as terrorists.

Reinhold Gall, interior minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg said he was shocked by the incident, and that such events would have to be checked more closely before being allowed in the future, if they are allowed at all, Tagesschau reported.

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  • The__Bobster

    Why are there 40,000 Turds in Germany in the first place?

    • Sloppo

      They seem to be very discontented with the German standards of behavior.  Obviously, they should be sent to the Kurdish region of Iraq to find asylum among their own people.  I hope the Germans realize that and are able to find the resolve to begin that humanitarian process in the near future.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    “One group waved a banned PKK flag and shouted slogans in support of the group banned and regarded by the authorities as terrorists.”

    What did you expect would happen when you import terrorists and criminals?

  • The war in Iraq is over. Why haven’t these Kurds been deported back to Kurdistan?

  • Dean_Wormers_Hot_Wife

    Watch Whitey never mention this next time his teacher demands that he agree to Diversity is our greatest strength.

  • Athling

    The inevitable result of unfettered immigration…

  • The Hmong are among the least assimilated Asian groups. The majority of them are on public assistance and the only reason that they were allowed into the US is because they helped US troops in Laos during the Vietnam War.

    • bluffcreek1967

      The Hmong have sometimes been referred to as the Mexicans of the Asian world. Just as a side note, it’s interesting how there is not only differences (e.g., IQs and such) among the various races of the world, but there are also vast differences within the different races. For example, many Asian groups (e.g., Vietnamese, Laos, Cambodian, Thai, Hmong) are not as successful, resourceful and intelligent as the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/the-quality-of-hmercy

      The communities of Rice Lake and Haugen, Wisconsin, are still coming to grips with the shocking mass murder of six hunters by a Hmong immigrant. People want to understand what happened and why.

      “There is no delicate way to put this: The Hmongs have a notorious reputation among white sportsmen in the upper Midwest.”

      In April, I was fishing on the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Huge signs designated the no-fishing area by the dam.

      A couple dozen people, spread over several generations, came out. The babies and women sat on blankets. Men set to catching white bass by the dozen from the no-fishing area by the dam flank. Downstream in the no-fishing area, children waded with nets, then dumped the catch in holes dug on the beach.

      I asked who they were. Hmongs, came the answer. Another fisherman, in a Charlie Chan voice, asked, “Ah, Straight Eye, you don’t know?”

  • KenelmDigby

    Well, ultimately, there is nothing on Earth more expensive than ‘cheap’ labor.

    (Kurds were first imported into Germany because of a ‘labor shortage’ 40 years ago. The ‘labor shortage’ disappeared and disappeared for nigh on half a century – but the Kurds, living on welfare, remained. A timely hint for everyone).

  • refocus

    If these Kurds (rhymes with ?) had been pro German/European activists the German police would have beat them, gassed them and killed at least several of them and made a thousand arrests.

  • Michael C. Scott, how in blazes can this possibly be?! We were told over and over, that the Hmong were a peaceful, gentle race of mountain people, who were persecuted by the Vietnamese because they helped U.S. troops during Vietnam.

    Of course, I personally believe there’s NO SUCH THING as a “peaceful, gentle race of people”, be they Hmong, Amish or Canaques.

  • The PKK flag is banned in Germany? Must be because it promotes an ethnic and racial identity, it must remind them of Hitler.