Intervene instead of looking the other way (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

The mobile Opferberatung Together e. V. from Halle (Saale) announced on Thursday about an attack by a right-wing man in a tram:

On Friday at nine o’clock in the Halle district court, the trial of a right-wing politically motivated attack will open almost exactly a year ago. Only one week after the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle, three young women intervened when a 39-year-old man racially insulted three men on the street car because of the color of their skin and showed the Hitler salute on the evening of October 17. Two of the women themselves were offended and z. T. been seriously injured.

It is only thanks to the commitment of the injured women and their lawyers that the attack is even heard in court. The Halle public prosecutor’s office closed the investigation against the accused in February 2020 (…). Such an adjustment is possible, among other things, if the punishment to be expected is not significant alongside another one – here following an attempted manslaughter charge from December 2019. However, a guideline on the prosecution of politically motivated criminals by the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Justice states that “the effects of the offense on the victim and the public interest in prosecution (…) must be given special attention”. »From many years of experience we know how central the intervention of witnesses is for those affected by right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic attacks: not only in the situation itself, but also for processing what they have experienced. It is all the more important that courageous helpers who are affected by their intervention also find out from the judiciary that such acts are consistently pursued, ”said a spokeswoman for the mobile victim counseling service. After a complaint by the joint prosecutor’s representatives, the public prosecutor finally brought charges in May 2020 against the accused, who was known to the police and had multiple criminal records, of sedition, assault, insult and the use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations. (…)

Hubertus Zdebel, until 2016 member of the Bundestag commission »Storage of highly radioactive waste« and member of the Bundestag for Die Linke, criticized the cancellation of the face-to-face event planned in Kassel for the start of public participation in the search for a repository on Thursday:

The responsible federal authorities risk the failure of the new nuclear waste repository search before it has even started. The Federal Atomic Waste Authority only wants the public to be there from the video tube. Starting the public participation now exclusively as a video session despite all corona restrictions and other deficiencies is wrong. The search for a repository for such waste has not really made any headway for over 50 years. For decades, corporations and federal governments had hindered a sensible and appropriate search for a final repository with an arbitrary political commitment to Gorleben. Now, when the restart is overdue, citizens are supposed to foot the bill again and, under unacceptable conditions, simply listen to what the authorities announce via video and ask questions as a mere staging.

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