An elderly member of the Pro Köln organization, which actively opposes the Islamization of Europe, was badly beaten today and left unconscious on the streets of Cologne.
The anti-jihad activist group is planning an Anti-Islamization Congress in Cologne next month. As reported here previously, the organization has been vigorously denounced by the OIC and the government of Malaysia. Acts of vandalism against the group’s building were reported last week, but this is the first time I have heard of violence against one of its members.
The incident is reminiscent of the vicious attack on SIAD members in Copenhagen last year, only in this case it is the Muslims themselves doing the dirty work and not their allies on the far Left.
Shortly before 3pm today, the 67-year-old Cologne Council member Hans-Martin Breninek was beaten unconscious and sent to hospital by young Turks. He suffered head injuries and is currently in Saint Mary’s Hospital. The young men wounded him so severely with blows to the head from their fists that the pensioner fell to the ground and lost consciousness. The video camera at a nearby store filmed the brutal act of violence. The recordings were given to the police to help identify perpetrators. The group of Turks, who had a “fighting dog”, managed to flee before the police arrived.
Their motive was apparently hostility towards Germans. Breninek had with him a leaflet containing information about the Anti-Islamization Congress, the citizens’ movement in Cologne, on 20 September 2008.
Thanks to people passing by, Breninek was not more severely wounded as he lay on the ground. The heart of Cologne is a busy pedestrian zone and in the afternoon thousands of Cologne residents and foreign visitors make their purchases. That did not deter the “youths” from attacking the 67-year-old man as he was sharing his Pro Köln material with the pedestrians.