Nine suspects of Nigerian, Cameroonian, Turkish, and German origins have been arrested by German police on suspicion of burning down the offices of the Hamburger Morgenpost just days after the fatal attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo.
In the aftermath of the Islamist shooting at the French satirical magazine, the Hamburger Morgenpost reprinted a number of Charlie Hebdo’s most satirical cartoons, an action which clearly earned the ire of a number of locals in the ethnically divided city. Breitbart London reported on the arson attack at the time, which involved a manhole cover being put through a window and two fire-bombs being thrown inside.
Although no-one was injured in the attack, the fire and subsequent action taken to bring it under control destroyed the Morgenpost archive in the basement.
A total of nine suspects between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one years of age were arrested in dawn raids on twelve properties in Hamburg by police. A spokesman for the local force said after their details had been taken, they had all been released, and that a political motive had not yet been proven. Striking a cautious tone, he said: “we will now have to clarify this”.
This is not the first time Hamburg has struggled with Islamist violence. As Breitbart London reported in October last year, the whole city ground to a stand-still after three nights of exceptional violence, as Islamic fundamentalists and Yazidi Kurds fought over tensions brought from the near-East. 1,300 police were deployed to separate the warring factions, fighting each other with broken bottles, firearms, knives, brass knuckles, iron bars, a machete and even kebab skewers.
Over 1,000 Kurds came out to protest outside a mosque associated with radical Islam in the city, in a week that also saw disturbances in Berlin, Bremen, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Münster, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart.