Sigmar Gabriel is the chairman of the Social Democrat Party in Germany and serves as vice-chancellor under the Grand Coalition that governs the country in partnership with the CDU, Angela Merkel’s party. The article below reports on Mr. Gabriel’s remarks about the controversy over the use of “racial profiling” by the police on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other cities.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this piece from Epoch Times:
Gabriel calls critics of the Cologne police “absurd and crazy” — “‘Nafris’ merely describes reality”
“With their ‘Nafri/North Africans’ profiling, the police did nothing but describe reality,” the SPD [Social Democrats] chief added. “Because just like last year, hundreds of young men who come from North Africa again arranged to meet this year in Cologne.”
SPD chief Sigmar Gabriel strongly rejected any criticism of the Silvester strategy of the Cologne Police, and he demanded consequent deportation of rejected asylum seekers from North African countries: the accusation that the successful effort for the prevention of violence, theft and sexual attacks was somehow connected to racist profiling is “an absurd and downright crazy debate,” Gabriel told the newspapers of the Funke-Media group.
“The police with their ‘Nafri/North African’ profiling did nothing but describe reality,” the SPD-chief added. “Because just like last year, hundreds of young men who come from North Africa again arranged to meet this year in Cologne.”
Gabriel pointed out the high potential for aggression in this group, and asked: “What exactly should the police have done differently then, instead of confronting precisely these groups of North Africans and not letting them into the city center of Cologne?” That has nothing to do with racism, but with smart, active defense and the avoidance of danger.
Gabriel also demanded consequences from the Federal government: They have to increase the pressure on the home countries of North Africans to take their citizens back. A large majority of them do not have a positive prospect in terms of legal residency, but they are unable simply to be deported, because their home countries aren’t willing to recognize (re-admit) them as citizens. Gabriel warned: The longer these men are here without any prospects, the more their frustration and potential for aggression grow.