Once a model Social Democrat community where the poor in Germany’s Weimar Republic found help and support, the small town of Freital, just south of Dresden, has become a byword for German racism and intolerance.
Replacing those old bywords like ‘Auschwitz’ and ‘Buchenwald’, I suppose..?
And why so..?
Its target is Hotel Leonardo, or rather, the 300 or so asylum-seekers who are now virtual prisoners in the former conference hotel. Thanks to local hostility the building is under a round-the-clock police guard and surrounded by a 10ft-high wire fence. Police patrol cars have blocked off access roads.
Gosh, I wonder why there’d be ‘local hostility’, don’t you?
Ines Kummer, one of Freital’s few Green Party city councillors, said she had been threatened and shouted at by residents for showing support for the asylum-seekers.
“Right-wing nationalism and anti- foreigner attitudes have taken root in this part of Germany,” she told The Independent. “Around here the established parties, like Ms Merkel’s ruling conservatives, have not condemned the prevalent racism; they chose to brush it aside. Now it’s too late.”
You think political parties should ignore the clear will of the electorate, Frau Kummer? Want me to remind you how that worked out for a certain Herr Miliband?
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