Left-wing Green Party politician Peter Seifert has complained of a lack of action by German police against migrant criminals, increasing the popularity of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
In a letter to a local newspaper, Seifert, who serves on the city council in Balingen, wrote a personal account of his experiences with a violent drunken asylum seeker, Die Welt reports.
Seifert said he was forced to call the police because the migrant was “rioting”. Officers initially came and arrested him, but he “came back after three-quarters of an hour to continue where he left off before”.
When Seifert tried to confront the asylum seeker he was told “I kill you” as the migrant drew his thumb across his neck.
“Every day at the station we experience how our constitutional state is presented. How to handle drug trafficking in broad daylight that nobody punishes. How to pronounce threats and insults that do not seem to interest you. How we work hard to earn the money that such subjects use at our expense,” Seifert wrote.
He also claimed that police told his colleague to delete pictures of the offending migrant he had taken on his phone because they might violate the asylum seeker’s privacy.
“Slowly it gives the impression that we live in the wrong world,” he said.
Seifert quoted the Green party mayor of Tübingen, who said: “We must not hide facts, just because they do not fit into our worldview.”
“We leave it to the AfD to discuss such abuses, and wonder that they get more and more votes,” Seifert added, and warned of concealing information like the ethnic background of suspects would only strengthen the populist party.
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The members of the AfD have been the most vocal critics of mass migration and migrant crime in Germany and achieved an electoral breakthrough in September’s national election, placing third.
They also look to become the official opposition, as Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to look to the Social Democrats for a grand coalition after the failure of the so-called “Jamaica talks” with the Greens and the Free Democrats.
Mr Seifert’s complaints match those of others who have signalled the growing problem of migrant crime in Germany.
In some cities, migrants or non-Germans make up around 50 percent of suspects in criminal cases, and in areas like Berlin’s Alexanderplatz asylum seekers thought to be largely responsible for an uptick in violence, sex attacks, and drug dealing.