Remember when Fox News had to apologize for saying there were no-go zones in Europe? Well, that was then. This is now.
The police in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany are publicly warning about no-go zones in the Ruhr. Below is brief article on the topic from Die Welt, as translated by JLH:
Police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Warn of Lawless Zones
Attacks on police in lawless zones in the Ruhr area are increasing. Gangs rule whole streets; nightmares ensure. In a confidential report, Duisburg headquarters warned of the establishment of No-Go areas.
Rival biker gangs are only a part of the problem. Security in the Ruhr is worrisome. As stated in a confidential report from police headquarters in Duisburg, the emergence of lawless zones creates “serious peril.” The SPIEGEL writes that, to some extent, criminal gangs “are laying claim to whole streets.”
Police officials fear they could lose control of problem sectors. The report warns that public order cannot be “guaranteed over the long haul.’” “Nightmare” situations could arise, including even on streetcars during evening and night hours. And residents would be intimidated. The police, too, have a tough situation, facing a great deal of aggression and lack of respect. Police women are particularly affected.
Reasons for the problematic situation in several districts are enumerated in the confidential report. These include — according to the SPIEGEL report — “high unemployment. lack of prospects for immigrants with lack of qualifications in the German job market and ethnic tensions among the immigrants.” As a consequence of this analysis, the police intend to be more strongly represented in these places. And officers will conduct more intensive investigations of crimes. The Duisburg headquarters does not expect improvement in the middle term.
“It’s a Game for the Criminal Gangs”
The report shows how severe the situation in Duisburg has become and how helpless the police are in the breakaway districts. The police union (GdP) in North Rhine-Westphalia was already warning of No-Go areas at the beginning of July. According to state GdP head, Arnold Plickert, there are situations every week in which police in Duisburg, Essen and Dortmund are threatened and attacked by large mobs for no discernible reason. “We must not give up the streets to criminal groups or whole sections of the city will slip further out of control, taking the residents with them,” warned Plickert.
The union is concerned about the penetration of problem districts by Lebanese families. At the end of May, in Duisburg-Marxloh, members of one such family attacked and wounded two police officers. The officers had to draw their weapons to control the situation. Around fifteen attackers had harassed them, surrounded by about 100 lookie-loos.
During the investigation of a traffic accident the officers had been intending to question two suspicious characters who smelled strongly of cannabis.
“For the criminal gangs, it is a game. They know that the police cannot mount an operation in their district, if they cannot immediately deploy five to ten cruisers as reinforcement when individual police officers are attacked,” Plickert says. On top of that, several rival biker gangs as well as Turkish, Romanian and Bulgarian gangs are fighting for dominance in the streets. The GdP head is demanding more personnel to master the problems. The national union supports the demand.
Photo 1: Rival biker gangs are only a part of the problem. Unemployment and lack of prospects as well as ethnic tensions are noted. Photo 2: Duisburg police intend stronger representation in problem districts, as here after a battle between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels.