One of the first-hand accounts of the New Year’s Eve Groping Jihad in Cologne was given by a young woman named Selina, who told her story to a German television outlet. Last week we featured a translated version of the TV report (in which her name was spelled “Selena”).
Muslim zealots in Germany took advantage of that interview, selectively editing the video and making stuff up in order to turn Selina into a “racist” and a “fascist”. After that they outed her on Facebook. But this courageous young woman is not backing off, and has made another television appearance to give an account of what happened to her.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is the accompanying article from Südwestrundfunk:
Online Bullying Campaign Against Selina
Abused, harassed and molested: 26-year-old Selina from Koblenz had talked about the attacks last week against herself to which she was exposed. And now she is met with open internet hostility.
Selina is shocked and extremely angry, when she thinks about the video that a complete stranger put on the Internet. In the video are excerpts from her television interview, in which she says that the men who molested her, were southern-looking and spoke Arabic. For saying this, the 26-year-old is now attacked as being a racist and a right-wing radical.
“I supposedly said they were Muslims,” she told the SWR in a second interview. “But I never said that anywhere, and I wouldn’t say it either, because based on how someone looks you can’t nail down what kind of religion they have.” The makers of the video also researched her thoroughly and they published her full name on the internet. “That has put the fear in me,” the young woman says.
The inflammatory video spread like wildfire across the Internet and it even landed on the site of the Islamist preacher Pierre Vogel. “As I saw that, I had to swallow hard and I was afraid. I wasn’t sure what would happen if someone actually stood at my front door,” she says. “What if someone sees that that, immediately believes it, and has a radical background?”
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The campaign of incitement against her went so far that she received threatening phone calls at her place of work. But Selina will not let this rest, and she is defending herself on her Facebook page against the accusations. Eventually the man who made the video got in contact with her. He asked her if what he said wasn’t true. “I explained to him that nothing was correct and I told him I would get a lawyer and sue him for defamation of character and business damage,” Selina says. It was a statement that had an impact: The video was taken down.
Selina has not notified the authorities. The 26-year-old did not expect such reactions to her public appearance. But she would do it all over again: “I will not let myself be brought down, and that is exactly the reason I am talking about this”, she says.
|0:00||Selina from Koblenz. She experienced sexual attacks against herself on Silvester night.|
|0:05||But now she is also exposed to an online attack,|
|0:08||when all she wanted was to talk with us at SWR about how afraid she was.|
|0:14||They all looked at us like we were free meat at the supermarket, fair game,|
|0:17||meat, checking to see if it’s still fresh…|
|0:20||There were hands that touched us, our butts, and other parts on our bodies|
|0:24||it is simply indescribable.|
|0:27||Never before in my life was I so afraid, you know…|
|0:30||She bravely contributed to shedding light on this, but her statements were|
|0:34||deliberately falsified on the internet.|
|0:37||They took parts of the interview, then just cut pieces together,|
|0:42||which then portrayed me as a fascist.|
|0:46||It was said that I was a rightwing radical, and they supposedly researched this,|
|0:51||they had my complete name and they published it on Facebook.|
|0:55||[Onscreen text: “And now for a change, a “victim”]|
|0:58||The incendiary movie against Selina was shared multiple times,|
|1:03||and viewed 263,000 times, it even landed on the page of radicals,|
|1:08||such as the Islamist preacher Pierre Vogel’s page.|
|1:13||I was afraid. I wasn’t sure what would happen if someone would just|
|1:16||suddenly be standing at my front door. You just don’t know the full scope of such things.|
|1:20||All she did was describe who attacked and molested her on Silvester night [New Year’s Eve] in Cologne.|
|1:25||Well, I can tell you that they were southern-looking, southern type, darker skin, they spoke Arabic overwhelmingly.|
|1:32||With German, if you spoke German you didn’t get anywhere.|
|1:35||In the pieced-together video, they became “definitely North African and Arab sex monsters”|
|1:39||“…that they were Muslim foreigners…” It was turned into an attack on foreigners.|
|1:44||Exactly, I supposedly said that there were Muslims. I never said that anywhere.|
|1:48||I didn’t even say that once, and I wouldn’t say that because|
|1:53||just by looking at someone you just can’t just nail down their religion.|
|1:56||They really just strung together lies. Completely.|
|1:59||Selina figured out the person who made the video, discussed this with him for a whole night,|
|2:04||and threatened him with legal action.|
|2:07||The main thing for me is that as a victim, that you’re pushed into a corner,|
|2:12||simply because you say how it was, and you’re afraid of then being called a racist|
|2:15||when you talk about it openly, I mean I experienced this on my own person.|
|2:19||In the end the maker of the incendiary online campaign regretted his actions|
|2:22||and he deleted the video. He even apologized to Selina. But as for her,|
|2:27||she has had enough of social networking.|
|2:32||I think I’m gonna try this ‘arm’s length distance’ thing for now.