The city of Munich has accumulated more new migrants per square meter than any other city in Germany. Recently the municipal government invited all the city’s 18-year-olds to come to city hall for a little party, and guess what happened?
The authorities were shocked — shocked! — to discover that young male culture-enrichers can’t keep their hands to themselves.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from the Bavarian daily Süddeutsche Zeitung:
Line crossed at annual city hall party
Every year 18-year-old citizens of Munich are invited to the city’s town hall for a party where normally politicians and administrators work.
This time refugees harassed young women on two occasions.
The city wants to take precautions against it so it won’t happen again.
The evening started well. Cool DJs, live bands, multiple dance floors, says Constanze (name changed by the editors). Constanze and her two girlfriends felt like they were at the right party at the right time. Despite the fact that the party took place at the city hall, at the invitation of Dieter Reiter, the current mayor of Munich, who invited all 18-year-old Munich citizens to the party.
But then it all started in the upper levels in a full disco room. Repeatedly the three girls were aggressively surrounded and “mob danced” [angetanzt]. They couldn’t turn away; a clear “NO” was useless. They looked around, and realized they weren’t the only ones. The three gave up and went downstairs, passing a room that was made into a cinema room.
Five young men were loitering in front of that room, and started to chat the girls up, saying that they should go with them into the empty room. The clearly spoken “No” again went nowhere, when suddenly one of the men grabbed Constanze, and another man grabbed her friend, in order to pull them violently into the empty cinema room. Three security men immediately realized what was happening, intervened, and threw the young men out of the building.
Situation resolved, a great mood in the basement, nothing too severe had happened, it could have been worse. Constanze knows that, too. And there was another guest who had a decidedly worse experience. An 18-year-old girl was attacked by an 18-year-old Syrian. He brutally groped her and very forcibly tried to tongue-kiss her. The young woman defended herself vigorously. The police arrested the 18-year-old Syrian. He was reported for sexual coercion and later was released again.
These are both incidents that could’ve happened in any club. And as for Constanze — who received help early on — something grave nonetheless had happened. Because on that night of October 29th, she didn’t leave any club or disco, she left the Munich City hall. The band and the DJ’s were entertaining 1,360 visitors in halls, offices and rooms in which normally politicians and employees concern themselves with the safety and lives of Munich’s citizens. So that they can live well, live peacefully, and live safely.
At first Constanze thought it was a great idea to invite all the 18-year-olds right here to city hall, that the idea was well-realized, especially because Mayor Reiter (SPD) had obviously invited a lot of refugees. On her Facebook profile, she “liked” the “Munich is Colorful” tolerance-alliance. The 18-year-old student is therefore even more distressed because the aggressive groping, chatting-up and advances were made by exactly those young men that she knew were from the refugee group. She thought long and hard about going public about this, because she didn’t want to feed into bias and prejudice against refugees. But she also didn’t just want to take it based on misunderstood political correctness and she didn’t want to normalize being hit on and harassed in Munich’s city hall. “Things on the dance floor really progressed abnormally intensely,” she says.
The host, Mayor Dieter Reiter, also doesn’t just want to accept and tolerate this behavior. “I feel zero tolerance for this kind of behavior. Thankfully the security men reacted fast and well, but in the future we will do everything in order to squelch such attacks and harassment before they even start.” In addition the city wants to establish a dynamic where “specially trained women can be deployed as contact persons during such parties, women who are trained to spot such critical situations, ideally at the moment they start,” says Reiter.
He has no patience for misunderstood tolerance. “The fact that young men with migration background were obviously involved cannot just be argued away. It has to be called out. There is a reason that ‘integration’ stands at the top of our agenda. We expect mutual respect and the following of rules.”
Beyond these two cases there were no other transgressions known, the city’s press office announced. A total of ten young migrant men were kicked out of the city hall. “Apart from a few incidents with inebriated 18-year-olds or older ones, stuff we can find everywhere, it was a peaceful and normal evening,” says Monika Primas, the boss of the security firm that was employed by the city for the party.