Use Joe Pesci’s accent from My Cousin Vinny when pronouncing the title to this post. Oberbürgermeister Kelch entsetzt nach Messerattacke Or “Mayor Kelch horrified after knife attack” If you open the link in Chrome, Google will offer to translate it for you.
The 3 Syrian youths wanted to enter an establishment on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße ahead of the couple, and insisted that the woman “respect” them. She refused, and they became violent.
The authorities can’t think of a reason why this would happen. The attackers are 14, 15, and 17. (Translation courtesy of Google, so it needs work.)
Two of them attacked the man and tried to bring him down. Another from the group drew a knife. At this point, a brave passer-by intervened and came to the aid of the man. “The man has prevented by his courageous help worse,” says [police spokeswoman] Ines Filohn.
The mayor goes on to issue some platitudes about the rule of law, and how attacks like this are disgusting. They are, but I have the feeling Germany will be seeing more of them, before they see less.
Being juveniles they were turned back over to their legal guardians. The 14-year-old is already known to police as a violent individual.
In general, attacks by foreign citizens seem to be increasing in recent times . “At least that’s the perceived perception,” says Ines Filohn. “For exact numbers, however, we must wait for the evaluation of the crime statistics, which we have in the spring,” said the police spokeswoman.
That last is a fairly amazing admission, given everything going on in German politics at the moment. (And I love the translation. “Perceived perception?” It is all the fault of a bunch of circumstantial circumstances.)