Two culture-enrichers got into a knife fight inside a church in a small town in Saxony. When a church volunteer tried to intervene, he was stabbed.
In the news reports below, you’ll notice that the efforts of the reporters and members of the community are primarily focused on denying or downplaying the negative effect that Muslim migrants have on their community, and also on making sure that the incident is not exploited to help the “extreme right”.
Also note: The AfD is often falsely described as a “neo-Nazi” party in the media, but the NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, National Democratic Party of Germany) is the real deal. If any party deserves to be labeled neo-Nazi, it is the NPD. I’m told that roughly a third of its membership, including much of the leadership, consists of infiltrators inserted by German intelligence.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is an article from Bild about the same incident, also translated by MissPiggy:
Volunteer Helper Stabbed in Pastor’s Office in Aue
Aue-Bad Schlema (Saxony) — The parish of St. Nicolai in Aue-Bad Schlema gathered for a prayer for peace on Saturday evening after the bloody attack on one of its volunteers.
About 500 people attended the church. Superintendent Dieter Bankmann spoke out against the knife attack being politically exploited by right-wing circles.
“We are the ones affected,” said Bankmann. He thought it was harmful that the commitment of many people to the common good was being maligned.
On Christmas Eve a dispute between asylum seekers had escalated at the celebration for the needy in the parish and community centre in Aue-Bad Schlema. Helper Mike W. (51) tried to intervene and suffered a stab wound.
The man is still in hospital, but he is now feeling better. “During a visit, he emphasised that he does not feel any hatred and will continue his volunteer work,” the church community said.
The stepfather of the victim also spoke to the congregation, saying: “Mike is doing better. His lungs are damaged and will remain so for a long time. The spleen is pierced.” He went on to say, “We need to think about our internal security in the church.”
A 53-year-old Syrian is in custody. It is still unclear exactly who stabbed him.
An NPD councilman called for a demonstration after the attack. According to police, about 2200 neo-Nazis gathered at the Altmarkt [Old Market] in Aue on Saturday evening shortly after the peace prayer. Delegations from the right-wing extremist association Pro Chemnitz and the right-wing extremist mini-party Der Dritte Weg [The Third Way] had also come. Some demonstrators raised German flags.
“We protest against using this crime as an excuse to consider all foreigners as potential perpetrators of violence. For this terrible act of a migrant is countered by countless good experiences with migrants,” the website of the local authority said on Saturday.
|00:00||Following the stabbing of a congregation member: 450 people pray for peace in the city of Aue.|
|00:06||500 people prayed; approximately 1,700 attended the demonstration.|
|00:15||The German flag and right-wing extremist at an event in Aue|
|00:19||Some demonstrators held up German flags.|
|00:23||We are here not because we hate others.|
|00:27||We are standing here because we love our country, our homeland, and that’s why we’re here today.|
|00:34||[Sign] Race war against asylum madness|
|00:38||On the evening of December 24, a fight between asylum seekers broke out at a church celebration.|
|00:44||A church employee who was trying to de-escalate the dispute was wounded.|
|00:47||He was seriously wounded by a knife. The NPD city council used this occasion to call|
|00:51||for a demonstration, and I quote, “to prevent foreign infiltration”. The church congregation|
|00:56||countered by calling for communal prayer for peace, which occurred before the demonstration.|
|01:00||At the moment the demonstration has just ended|
|01:03||and my colleague Sven Böttger is live on location for us.|
|01:06||Sven, was the demonstration on the old marketplace peaceful?|
|01:10||Yes, you could say that. The demonstration ended about 10 minutes ago here in the old marketplace.|
|01:16||It was a peaceful event with about 1,500 to 1,700 participants.|
|01:21||On either side they were flanked by rows of police officers|
|01:26||and police cars in the old marketplace. Stefan Hartung|
|01:29||from the NPD city council made a speech, as well as|
|01:32||Martin Kohlmann from the “Pro Chemnitz” civic movement was a guest speaker.|
|01:38||Pro Chemnitz is under observation by Saxony’s domestic intelligence|
|01:41||following events last year in Chemnitz, where Martin Kohlmann gave several speeches|
|01:44||as he did here today. Overall, it was a calm and peaceful event.|
|01:47||Of course the speeches railed against the incident|
|01:50||that occurred on Christmas Eve, in addition to critiquing how the church classified it.|
|01:53||Ahead of the demonstration the church invited the community to a prayer|
|01:58||session for peace. How many people responded to the invitation? —Yes, that should be pointed out.|
|02:03||The Nikolai church, which is near the old market place,|
|02:06||was really quite full this evening. The prayer for peace|
|02:09||was held at 5pm, and the church was filled to the very last seat.|
|02:14||There were 500 participants; there was singing,|
|02:18||and a speech by the superintendent. He said that|
|02:21||he didn’t want the incident to be exploited by the right,|
|02:24||and is strictly against that. There were many people there. This was also calm and peaceful event.|
|02:35||Just before it I spoke with the police that are here with about 200 officers|
|02:39||and two water-spraying tanks, which were|
|02:42||brought to Aue to be on the safe side and parked in the background.|
|02:45||No one knew what to expect this evening,|
|02:48||but it turned out to be very calm and peaceful. One could say it has been a good evening.