As we reported in the news feed last night, Henriette Reker, a mayoral candidate in Cologne, was stabbed in the neck by an angry citizen who is alleged to have had “anti-foreigner motives”. Ms. Reker was running as an independent in the election, but enjoyed the support of the CDU, Angela Merkel’s party.
Nash Montana has uncovered an interesting news story about Henriette Reker from January 2014 — before the “refugee” situation escalated from a crisis to an apocalypse — that may shed some light on why she provoked such anger in at least one resident of her city. In those days Ms. Reker was the deputy mayor for social affairs, and bore administrative responsibility for refugee accommodations. Back then it had not yet become fashionable to propose the expropriation of private property for migrant housing — so she was ahead of her time.
Below are some translated excerpts from the article:
Department Promises Housing With Baths
The deputy mayor for social affairs uttered words about the refugee situation. Thus there is talk of individual apartments with kitchen and bath. But where these accommodations should be located remains a mystery.
Mayoral Deputy for Social Affairs Henriette Reker announced Thursday that the expected ten container locations for about 700 refugees were being built according to guidelines for refugee accommodations. Therefore these containers will be individual apartments with kitchen and bath. Per location it is estimated that about 70 to 80 refugees will be housed. The cost for rent and structural preparations will come to multiples of €100,000. But where these containers will be located is something the city will not announce at this time. “I cannot exclude that in order to house the refugees we will confiscate property and buildings,” says Reker [emphasis added].
The NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia] interior department says they’d welcome it if Cologne was building the reception center for 500 to 700 refugees. […] Leasing and maintenance costs would be carried by the state. “We have to figure out if this is profitable”, says Reker. […] The city projected that roughly 2,000 more refugees would have to be housed in Cologne in the next two years. “We were very conservative in our estimate, but nobody has a magic crystal ball to tell what is really going to happen,” says Reker.
Well, we know a little bit more about all that now, don’t we? Henriette Reker predicted two thousand “refugees” would arrive in Cologne before the end of 2015. I wonder how many they’ve gotten so far — 10,000? 20,000?
It was almost two years after this little tidbit before an irate Kölner decided to attack Ms. Reker with a knife. I don’t know if there’s any connection between her totalitarian sentiments as expressed above and the recent stabbing. Readers will have to decide that for themselves.