Grateful refugees show their love by rioting in shelters
Germany has opened its arms to almost a million refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere. The refugees have also opened their arms - unfortunately, they have opened them in order to grab fire extinguishers, sofas, and any other handy item to throw at whoever they perceive to be their enemy that day.
Brawls and riots have broken out a several refugee shelters across the Germany. Apparently, three hots and a cot just don't measure up for the newcomers.
Several people were arrested at the fight that started in the food distribution queues at the former airport of Tempelhof, which has been turned into a temporary accommodation for 1,200 refugees, an AFP photographer witnessed.
The brawl came just hours after another mass fight at a refugee shelter in the Berlin suburb of Spandau, where migrants went at each other with fire extinguishers, a police spokesman said.
Windows were smashed, sofas were thrown, and fire extinguishers emptied, said police, adding that several residents of the shelter were wounded.
Some 500 people evacuated the building "in fear and panic" over the dispute.
Separately, two other fights broke out in other shelters.
At a refugee home in Berlin's Kreuzberg area, a 18-year-old struck a 17-year-old on the head with a belt, police said.
Meanwhile, five people were injured in a fight between Syrians in the showers of an accommodation in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Such disturbances have occurred before in other shelters in Germany, with tensions escalating quickly between often traumatised people from different cultures sharing packed spaces.
At the same time, they have been relatively rare given the sheer numbers of new arrivals -- Germany expects to take in a million asylum seekers this year alone, and has put up hundreds of thousands in flats, army barracks, sports halls and tent cities.
Germany's police union had called for refugees to be separated by religion and by country of origin to minimise the potential for conflict.
Stupid police union. Don't they buy into the idea of multiculturalism? You musn't apply common sense to the refugee problem by separating people according to their religion and national origin. Someone's feelings might get hurt.
Of course, more than feelings got hurt in the riots, but that's the price the Germans are willing to pay in order to appear tolerant and compassionate. Meanwhile, the refugees are still coming, although in much reduced numbers as the EU appears to finally have gotten Turkey to do their dirty work for them and stem the flow from the Middle East.
But really, what's to worry about? Violent men brawling in refugee centers should cause no concern to host countries who don't believe terrorists are hidden among the multitudes. Besides, as AFP points out, the real problem is "traumatised people from different cultures sharing packed spaces..." and not inherently violent young males from an inherently violent culture.
Saying that would upset the tender sensibilities of the refugees.