Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods

Protests against Macron

The French President has been criticized in Turkey.

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Paris The conflict between Turkey and France is reaching a new dimension. In Turkey and several Arab countries, calls are being made to boycott French products after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly accused his French colleague Emmanuel Macron of having “a problem with Muslims” and that he should have his health checked. France has called its ambassador back for the first time.

The federal government condemned Erdogan’s attacks on Monday as “completely unacceptable defamations”. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the fight against radical Islamism had nothing to do with Islamophobia.

The dispute began with a dispute over the deployment of Turkish soldiers in Libya, the violation of Greek territorial waters by Turkish natural gas exploration ships and Turkey’s role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani war.

Now the Turkish President is taking the dispute to another level: He has been accusing French President Emmanuel Macron for days of persecuting and humiliating Muslims. Media close to the government speak of a “witch hunt against Muslims in France”. The country insulted Islam by publishing the Muhammad cartoons.

Macron had repeatedly stressed that he did not have to judge religions, but that in France blasphemy was also allowed as part of freedom of expression. Erdogan and the media devoted to him are now making a state-decreed mockery of Islam.

Jostling against Macron could turn into violence

Exactly such accusations preceded the murder of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 by a Russian of Chechen descent. In a systematic campaign, the teacher was accused of being Islamophobic and of distributing pornography.

By approaching these allegations, Erdogan is crossing a line: the public jostling against Macron could turn into violence.

Macron reacted to the murder of the teacher by banning various Islamist associations and closing some mosques. In addition, an upcoming law is to restrict the posting of imams from abroad to France.

This would particularly affect Turkey, which is particularly active in sending Muslim clergymen to Western Europe. It would lose some of its influence over the Muslims. This also probably explains the violence of the attacks Erdogan is now waging against Macron.

Supermarkets list French products

There are now countless calls for a boycott of French goods on Twitter. The authors describe themselves as Turks, Jordanians, Qataris or Kuwait. The tweets are often similar, however, often with the hashtag #MacronTheDevil and have an identical list with the logos of over 40 French brands, from cheese and ballpoint pens to luxury products. Some French politicians suspect Turkey is behind the boycott campaign.

French media report on supermarket chains in several Gulf states that have started to delist French products. The photos show how cheese, jam and shampoo are taken from the shelves.

The boycott calls do not shock anyone in Paris, but the government is very concerned about Erdogan’s policy. In view of the weakening of Iran, Erdogan wants to become the leader of the – in his case Sunni – Muslims, is the interpretation. On Sunday, the Turkish President also attacked the Federal Republic of Germany because a mosque was searched on suspicion of embezzlement.

Paris sees Erdogan as economically and politically weakened. His attacks on France and Germany and his aggressive actions in the eastern Mediterranean should distract from the fact that the country is economically in decline thanks to Erdogan’s policies.

France, Germany and the EU would have to vigorously oppose Erdogan’s systematic attempt to intimidate the EU and gain influence over Muslims within the member states.

More: Erdogan’s aggressive foreign policy is putting the country’s future at risk.

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USA warns citizens in Turkey of terrorist attacks

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Due to credible evidence of terrorist attacks, the US is no longer issuing visas in its consulates in Turkey

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The US is calling on its citizens in Turkey to be more vigilant. All diplomatic services in the country are being suspended for the time being – warnings are given about kidnappings and attacks. There is also trouble with Iran.

Dhe USA has stopped issuing visas in Turkey because of “credible reports of possible terrorist attacks”. “Kidnappings of US citizens or citizens of other nationalities” in Istanbul and other places in Turkey were also among the threats, the US embassy in Ankara said in a statement on its website on Friday.

The termination of the visa services affects all diplomatic missions in the country, in addition to the embassy, ​​the consulates in Istanbul, Adana and Izmir. The diplomatic services for US citizens will also be discontinued in the US branches in Turkey.

The embassy called on all US citizens in Turkey to “be more vigilant” in places where US citizens and other foreigners meet – “including large office buildings or shopping malls”. US citizens should also avoid large crowds.

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The US representations in Turkey have been the target of attacks or threats on several occasions. In 2016, for example, the US government ordered all civilian members of its diplomats in Istanbul to leave the country because of the growing risk of an attack. Extremists would try to attack US citizens in their neighborhoods in Istanbul or where they frequented.

There are repeated attacks by the IS

In March 2018, the US embassy in Ankara was closed due to the threat of an attack. At that time, according to media reports, several alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia were arrested.

In 2015 and 2016 in particular, Turkey was the scene of numerous deadly attacks attributed to or claimed by the IS militia. On New Year’s Eve 2017, 39 people were killed in an attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul. After the “Reina” attack, the police significantly stepped up their action against the IS militia and arrested hundreds of suspects.

Meanwhile, Iran has imposed sanctions on three US diplomats in Iraq. US Ambassador Matthew Tueller and two members of his embassy were involved in the organization, financing and execution of “terrorist acts” against the interests of “the Iranian government and its citizens,” said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran on Friday on the online service Twitter.

Washington imposed sanctions on the Iranian ambassador to Iraq and five Iranian organizations on Thursday. These are the powerful Revolutionary Guards and the subordinate Al-Kuds Brigades, an institute and two media organizations. The US government accuses them of meddling in the US presidential election on November 3rd. Among other things, they are said to have sent fake emails to voters.

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FSB prevented a terrorist attack in a state institution in the Moscow region

The Federal Security Service (FSB) detained a native of Central Asia born in 1999, who was planning to stage a terrorist attack in one of the state agencies of the capital region. They found components of a home-made bomb, correspondence with militants, instructions for making explosives and a video of the oath to the leaders of terrorist groups.

“In the future, the offender planned to leave for the war zone in the Middle East to participate in the activities of terrorist groups,” – quotes the message of the Center for Public Relations (DSP) of the FSB “Interfax”.

It is not known exactly where and when the man planned to set the explosion. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Ramzan Kadyrov commented on the brutal murder of a teacher in France

Ramzan Kadyrov commented on the brutal murder of a teacher in France

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Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov commented on the brutal murder of a school teacher in the suburbs of Paris. He condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

Let us remind you that today an 18-year-old Russian citizen of Chechen nationality Abdulak Anzorov beheaded a French teacher for showing cartoons of the prophet to his students. The police shot the killer on the spot.

Ramzan Kadyrov noted that this is not the first time that attempts are made in France to blame the problems on the Chechens and assured that the Republic has nothing to do with it.

– The offender has no nationality. This is not the first time that people in France are trying to blame all their problems on the Chechens. I dare to assure everyone that the Chechens have nothing to do with it. Anzorov lived almost his entire life in France, spoke their language, grew up next to the French. I would like to emphasize that Anzorov visited the Chechen Republic only once in his life at the age of two years, – the head of Chechnya noted.

The politician added that this tragedy makes one think that the French society “often confuses democracy with permissiveness and demonstration of an inadmissible attitude towards Islamic values.”

Ramzan Kadyrov stressed that Chechnya condemns this terrorist act and opposes terrorism in any form, and also urged not to offend the religious feelings of believers.

As the website kp.ru reported, the head of the press service of the Russian embassy in Paris stressed that the murderer of the French teacher had nothing to do with Russia, since his family was adopted in 2008 in France, where they have lived since then.

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Terror in France: “Definitely an Islamist attack”

Dhe beheading of a teacher on Friday near a school in the suburbs of Paris caused great consternation in France. According to the prosecutor, the perpetrator is an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen origin who lived as a refugee in France.

The attacker Abdullah A., who was shot dead by the police near the crime scene northwest of Paris, has not yet been prosecuted in France or recorded for radicalization.

In connection with the attack, nine people were taken into police custody as of Saturday. Among the arrested were the grandparents, parents and a 17-year-old brother of the assassin, said the anti-terrorist prosecutor of France.

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The father of a student who is said to have argued with the 47-year-old history teacher about his lessons was also taken into custody. The man had complained on the Internet that the teacher had shown his students naked Mohammed cartoons. The half-sister of the arrested person is said to have moved to Syria for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia.

Macron gave a short speech at the scene

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Friday evening near the crime scene in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine of a “clearly Islamist terrorist attack”. “One of our fellow citizens was murdered today because he was teaching, because he taught students the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe and not to believe,” said a visibly ailing Macron. “I call on all of our compatriots to stand together, to be united,” said President Macron at the scene. “You won’t get away with it,” he said, referring to violence and terrorists.

President Emmanuel Macron visited the crime scene near Paris on Friday evening

President Emmanuel Macron visited the crime scene near Paris on Friday evening

The teacher was reportedly assaulted and beheaded on the street on Friday afternoon. The anti-terror prosecutor took over the investigation. The alleged perpetrator, who, according to witnesses, shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after the crime, was picked up by police in nearby Éragny and shot a short time later. Investigators reported that he was armed with a knife, had a soft gun with plastic bullets and refused to put down his weapons.

The class was about freedom of expression

There is speculation in France about the motive for the crime. The history teacher is said to have shown Mohammed cartoons in class on the subject of freedom of expression. There was also displeasure at the school; the teacher had been threatened, reported Franceinfo. The father of a 13-year-old told France Inter that the teacher asked Muslim students if they wanted to leave the room before showing the pictures. The teacher was not “condescending or disrespectful”.

It was not clear whether the alleged perpetrator was connected to the school. The broadcaster BFM reported on a video that the father of a schoolboy is said to have published on YouTube earlier this month. The video is also said to have been about the Mohammed cartoons.

The police secured the crime scene on Friday evening

The police secured the crime scene on Friday evening

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“Islamism is waging a war against us: we have to force it out of our country,” responded right wing politician Marine Le Pen on Twitter. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer wrote on the net of an attack on the republic: “Our unity and determination are the only answer to the enormity of Islamist terrorism.” To attack a teacher means to attack all French citizens and freedom, wrote the President of the National Assembly , Richard Ferrand, on Twitter.

The crime scene is in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

The crime scene is in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also condemned the fatal attack. “We must never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terror, extremism and violence,” Maas wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of teachers in democracy.

Again and again Islamist attacks in France

Only a few weeks ago there was a knife attack in front of the former editorial building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Two people were injured – here too, the investigators assume a terrorist background. There was a fatal attack on the editorial staff of “Charlie Hebdo” in January 2015, in which a total of 17 people were killed. At the beginning of the trial against the alleged helpers of the terror series, the magazine had published cartoons of Mohammed again and was threatened with massive threats. The perpetrator of the knife attack stated that he could not bear this.

The trial in Paris has been running since the beginning of September, and you can only enter the Palace of Justice under high security conditions. A verdict is expected in November. The editorial staff of “Charlie Hebdo” expressed their condolences to the relatives of the killed teacher.

A man was beheaded in an Islamist-motivated attack in 2015. A 35-year-old was overwhelmed while trying to cause explosions in an industrial gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon. He had previously beheaded his employer and stuck his head with two Islamist flags on the factory fence.

France has been rocked by Islamist attacks for years – more than 250 people died. Therefore, people are almost always aware of the threat of terrorism. The French government has made the fight against terrorism a top priority and continues to warn that the risk of terrorist attacks is very high.

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Measures in the Amri Committee of Inquiry: Practical gaps in memory

Hans-Georg Maaßen is self-righteous when it comes to the Breitscheidplatz assassination. His authority “ultimately did a good job”.

Hans-Georg Maaßen is self-righteous when it comes to the Breitscheidplatz assassination Photo: Kay Nietfeld / dpa

BERLIN taz | Error? At most others do. That is the quintessence of the appearance of Hans-Georg Maaßen (CDU) on Thursday before the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the Breitscheidplatz attack in 2016. A joint responsibility of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) for not having recognized the danger of the assassin Anis Amri early on wants whose president at the time still does not recognize it today.

Maassen began his testimony by reading out a long statement. He explained in detail the threat posed by Islamist terrorism, which was the “greatest challenge for internal security” during his tenure. If the BfV was already blind in the right eye at its time, the right-wing populist with the CDU party membership wanted at least to leave no doubt that he had at least recognized this danger.

However, Maassen was unable to provide a comprehensible explanation of why the Tunisian Anis Amri appeared early on as an Islamist threat on the radar of the German security authorities, but was also only rated as less dangerous by the BfV until it was too late. “I don’t think you could come to any other decision back then,” he said simply.

Maaßen himself claims to have only been dealt with in a very rudimentary way with Amri before his attack on the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz on December 19, 2016, in which twelve people lost their lives. At that time, the BfV should have dealt with around 1,600 Islamist threats because there were “completely different cases”. “We were incredibly stressed during this time.”

Maassen’s popular answer: “Can’t remember”

In addition, it was “not an original BfV case”. Rather, responsibility lay with the police. That is why the role of the protection of the constitution was “very limited, contrary to claims to the contrary”.

“I think that from today’s perspective we could have done some things differently,” Maaßen admitted after all. But then to add: The BfV, which he headed from 2012 to 2018, “ultimately did a good job under the conditions at the time”.

When MPs asked for details, a popular answer from him was: “I can’t remember that.” Left MP Martina Renner also rated Maassen’s statements as unsatisfactory. In particular, when it came to which informants from the Office for the Protection of the Constitution were in the vicinity of Amri, many questions were still open. “I think he’s still not telling us the truth at this point,” Renner told the taz.

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Attack in front of the synagogue in Hamburg: With military clothing and swastika

The attack in front of the Hamburg synagogue on Sunday is said to have been anti-Semitic. So far, there are no indications of accomplices.

The day after the attack: Policeman in front of the Hamburg synagogue Photo: Jonas Walzberg / dpa

HAMBURG taz | Late on Sunday evening dozens of police officers patrolled the streets around the Hohe Weide synagogue in Hamburg’s Eimsbüttel district. Meanwhile, investigators in white overalls were still securing traces directly at the entrance to the synagogue. The first candles placed there flickered in front of the flutter tape with which the synagogue was cordoned off. “Anti-Semitism has no place here,” was a handwritten note on a slip of paper next to it.

Right in front of the synagogue entrance, a man attacked and seriously injured a 26-year-old on Sunday evening. He wore a kippah. “How can that happen again, one year after Halle?” Asked the Hamburg regional rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky in the evening after the attack. The young man was about to go to an event in the synagogue in the late afternoon when a man who was wearing clothing similar to the Bundeswehr hit him from behind – with a shovel on the head. Then the alleged perpetrator, a 29-year-old, was arrested by the security guards who were approaching without resistance.

It is hardly surprising that comparisons to the anti-Semitic attack in Halle were made on Sunday. According to Rabbi Bistritzky, the officers found a note with a swastika in the perpetrator’s pockets. Last year on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday, a right-wing extremist tried to break into the synagogue in Halle, killing two people. In a few days, on Friday, it will be the anniversary of the attack. Sunday was also a Jewish holiday, the Feast of Tabernacles ended.

“It was an anti-Semitic act – I can’t find any other explanation,” said Bistritzky. During the deed, many of the believers were already in the synagogue, because afterwards the service was to begin. Bistritzky arrived at the synagogue a few minutes after the crime and, above all, had to do pastoral care: “Everyone is in shock.”

Where did the Bundeswehr outfit come from?

The Hamburg police initially let little of their investigative findings through. The only thing is that the perpetrator, who lives in Berlin, makes an “extremely confused impression”. On the night of Monday, however, the officers searched an apartment in the north of Hamburg, where the perpetrator had apparently been staying for a long time. Data carriers have been secured, and there has been no evidence of accomplices to date.

“Based on the current assessment of the overall circumstances, the act of an anti-Semitically motivated attack can be assumed,” said the spokesman for the Hamburg police, Holger Vehren, then on Monday afternoon. The police confirmed that they found a note with a hand-painted swastika in the pockets.

The Central Office for State Protection of the Hamburg Public Prosecutor’s Office has therefore taken on the investigation. So far, she has rated the act as attempted murder. The alleged perpetrator has not yet appeared to the police. “Where the 29-year-old got the army uniform he wore – and whether it is a real model – is still being checked,” says Nana Frombach, spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office. He is to be brought before a judge on Monday.

The Hamburg interior authorities announced that the Jewish facilities were particularly protected on Sunday because of the holiday. Nationwide there has been horror since the crime became known. Jewish representatives call for better protection of Jewish life in Germany.

Because the alleged perpetrator is said to have “Kazakh roots” according to media reports, the Hamburg FDP has already raised the question of whether the legislation on naturalization should be reformed.

The attacked 26-year-old was still in hospital on Monday. She suffered a serious head injury, but was not in mortal danger and was available on Monday.

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40 years of the Munich Oktoberfest attack: the first right-wing lone perpetrator

September 26th marks the anniversary of the crime. The worst terrorist attack in the history of the republic remains unsolved.

The mug shot of the Bavarian LKA from 1980 shows a photomontage by the 21-year-old student Gundolf Köhler Photo: Handout Polizei / dpa / picture alliance

As early as 1982, when Attorney General Rebmann stopped the investigation for the first time and presented Gundolf Köhler as a frustrated, lovesickly afflicted individual without political motives, a number of disagreements put this decision into question.

As if preprogrammed, the investigations at the time resulted in the thesis of the apolitical individual perpetrator. This is also made clear by the interrogations of Köhler’s friends. The investigators asked extensively about sexual preferences and romantic relationships. Questions about political background or contacts with right-wing groups, on the other hand, were asked rather sporadically and hardly followed up in detail.

Despite these tendentious investigations, it was completely obvious that Gundolf Köhler adhered to anti-Semitic, National Socialist and racist ideas and did not hold back with them. In the interviews there was repeated mention of a picture of Hitler over the bed or of statements against Jews.

Over the years, thanks in particular to victim lawyer Werner Dietrich and journalist Ulrich Chaussy, more and more contradictions came to light, of which the missing hand is probably the most prominent. Said hand was found at the crime scene after the explosion. Then as now, the investigators attributed it to Gundolf Köhler.

Internal betrayal

But that cannot be: Serologically it could not be assigned to the assassin and, in contrast to the rest of Koehler’s body, no traces of the bomb component nitrocellulose were found on the hand. Finally, a former BKA explosives expert came to the conclusion that the hand, which was barely damaged by burn marks, could not have come from Koehler because his hands and forearms were probably torn into tiny pieces by the force of the explosion.

Today, a DNA examination of the hand could determine whether it came from Koehler – but both the hand and the forensic medical report were made to disappear in the course of the investigation.

In 2014, the Federal Prosecutor finally gave in to the pressure and resumed the investigation into the Oktoberfest attack. However, the results with which she announced the hiring five years later are thin. It is true that the strategically communicated figures of the many surveys conducted and did not check traces of their target and were found in almost every press article. But the amount of individual investigative measures cannot outweigh what the investigations as a whole failed to do.

So the question arises why the Federal Prosecutor’s Office entrusted the Bavarian LKA with the investigation instead of the Federal Criminal Police Office, and thus precisely the institution that had carried out the original investigation without success. Bearing in mind the obvious assumption that these investigations were severely disrupted and influenced, for example, by the theft of evidence or the betrayal of internal investigations, this decision seems simply wrong.

Linked to this is a second omission: the resumed investigations did not deal with the errors of the first special commission as an independent investigation objective. However, this omission is incomprehensible in view of such fundamental errors as the disappearance of the hand. For what motives, with what effects, to what extent and with whose participation the investigations were sabotaged in the 1980s, was never the subject of the resumed proceedings – another knowingly missed chance to clear up the background to the attack.

Destroyed traces

The investigators were also unable to identify possible accomplices and associates of Köhler. The men in the green parkas, who were observed by various witnesses talking to Koehler immediately before the explosion and shortly afterwards on the run from the crime scene, remain unknown, as is the young woman with whom other witnesses saw Koehler at the scene. The traces from Köhler’s car are also puzzling: Who owned the green parka that was found in the car, to whom did the 48 cigarette butts of different brands and with different saliva accumulations belong? A DNA comparison is also ruled out here; the traces were destroyed.

The press release closes with the succinct statement “that questions remained open and that individual issues could not be fully ascertained or assessed”. These open questions and the failure of the highest investigative authority, which is badly concealed in this sentence, should form the core of the assessment, because the open questions touch the core of the subject. Who were the men Koehler was seen with just before the explosion? How was the bomb detonated, how did Koehler get the explosives, where and by whom was the bomb built? Who did the hand found at the crime scene belong to and who made it disappear?

A look at Italy shows that it is not a law of nature that investigations must remain inconclusive after 40 years. Later that year, the right-wing terrorist Gilberto Cavallini was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to the attackers in the 1980 attack on Bologna train station.

It borders on insolence that 40 years after the bloody attack in Munich, on the one hand, not having contributed anything to the investigation and at the same time proclaiming the banality that the act was politically motivated.

The lone perpetrator

The termination of the investigation is a scandal. It reveals the entitlement of the bereaved, the injured and the dead to the investigation of the crime and the determination of the guilty. This claim remains unpaid. The attitude is also momentous in that it is historiography and thus works equally in the past and present. She contributes to the construction of a historical figure that never existed and that still causes damage today: the right-wing lone perpetrator.

The decision is doing the historical subject an injustice, because weighty circumstances indicate that Köhler did not act alone. It also contributes to the fact that present and future right-wing terrorism is not understood as the work of networks. Victims remain unpunished and perpetrators unknown.

The attack on the Munich Oktoberfest on September 26, 1980 remains unsolved and challenges us. Bertolt Brecht’s sentence applies: “Only as much truth prevails as we enforce.”

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Trial of the Nazi attack in Halle: The pain of the victims

In the trial of the attack in Halle, the father of the shot Kevin S. reveals how the act changed his life. A statement leads to applause.

Painful memories: photos of the victims of the Halle attack in front of the Magdeburg district court Photo: Jan Woitas / dpa

MAGDEBURG taz | Nothing is processed. Karsten L. stops, trembles, fights back tears, then he can no longer. “I tried to call Kevin. 20, 30 times. He didn’t answer. Nothing, nothing, nothing. ”In the evening, after six hours of anxiety, he placed a missing person ad on Facebook. Then a friend wrote to him that he would send him something. It was the video in which Kevin, Karsten L.’s son, is shot. “I looked at it.” Then he can no longer speak, the tears overwhelm him. He cries for several minutes, and several co-plaintiffs also cry. The judge must interrupt the questioning.

The man who took his son Kevin S.’s life is sitting diagonally across from Karsten L. in the Magdeburg district court on Tuesday: Stephan B., charged with two murders and 68 attempted murders. On October 9, 2019, B. tried to storm the synagogue in Halle and posted the crime on the Internet. The 28-year-old failed, but he shot and killed Jana L. Then he drove to the nearby “Kiezdöner” to murder migrants. There he murdered Kevin S., who was having lunch there.

The attack is a beacon to this day, negotiations have been taking place in Magdeburg since July. On Tuesday Karsten L. is now a witness. It will be the only appearance by a bereaved of the two murder victims in the trial. Jana L.’s mother also takes part in the trial as a joint plaintiff, but according to the court she asked not to have to make a statement. Karsten L., however, wants to talk.

The scaffolding builder reports how his first son died shortly after he was born. His second, Kevin, was diagnosed with mental and physical disabilities. But Kevin fought. He finished the special school, completed internships at a painting company in Halle and finally started an apprenticeship there. “His dream job. He really blossomed. ”And Kevin became a passionate fan of Halleschen FC, built up a circle of friends there, traveled to games, and stapled every ticket. “He built it up himself,” says Karsten L. “He was extremely proud.” And so was the father, the witness appearance leaves no doubt about that.

One life – destroyed

But then came October 9, 2019, nine days after Kevin’s training began. The father reports that he spoke to his son on the phone that morning. Then he heard about the attack in Halle and tried to reach his son, his mother did too. Without success. “That wasn’t normal. I was hoping he lost his cell phone. But that was unlikely. ”Then he got the video of the fact. Saw his son still hiding behind a refrigerator, how he shouted: “Please don’t!”. The 20-year-old had no chance.

For Karsten L., life has been destroyed since then. Kevin’s mother and he are still receiving psychological treatment, partly inpatient, he reports. Three times he thought it couldn’t go any further, called the police. “It’s difficult, we need extreme help.” Stephan B. stares at the fighting father, motionless. A victim attorney points out to the judge that the defendant rolled his eyes. He says no. At the beginning of the trial, B. had regretted killing Kevin S., mistaking him for a Muslim. He shows no more remorse in the process.

Ismet and Rifat Tekin’s lives have not been the same since the attack. The brothers have been living in Halle for twelve and five years, working in the Kiezdöner, now as owners. Now they too are witnesses to the trial. Rifat stood behind the counter during the attack.

At first he thought a soldier was coming into the shop, he says. Then shots were fired, he was hiding behind the counter. When the perpetrator turned his back on him, he ran out of the store. Ismet had left the shop shortly before, and a pavement bullet shot past him too. He hid behind cars. When Stephan fled and he came into the shop, Kevin S. was already dead.

“We want to stand firm”

He still suffers from insomnia today, says Rifat Tekin. Ismet adds that his brother used to make everyone laugh that it was over. “It pains me to see him like that.” He has also been telling lies to his mother in Turkey for months so that she doesn’t worry.

He doesn’t actually want to go to the store anymore, says Rifat Tekin. But his brother wants to keep it running. “That’s why I support him. We want to stand firm, we want to stay here, we want to stand up for this country. ”Ismet Tekin does not want the assassin to win either:“ We will not go away and we will not give up our shop. ”

Photos of the murdered people and shirts from Halleschen FC are still hanging in the Kiezdöner. The snack bar is now also a memorial, says Ismet Tekin before the day of the trial. And sales have collapsed. Fewer and fewer guests are coming, after the Corona outbreak, the snack bar had to close completely for three weeks. The support promised by politicians also failed to materialize. “It is very difficult.”

In the meantime, a fundraising for the Kiezdöner is underway – initiated by the Jewish Student Union and a group of young Jews who were in the synagogue during the attack and celebrated Yom Kippur there. “We believe in a multicultural society in this country,” it says in their appeal.

One last message

Jeremy Borovitz, one of the believers from the synagogue, appealed: “Please donate”, Ismet Tekin is “an extremely decent man in a world gone mad”. A good 6,400 euros have been raised so far. Ismet Tekin is touched by the solidarity. He wants to use the money to expand the snack bar to include a breakfast café, he says. Maybe things will look better again.

Ismet Tekin has traveled to the trial almost every day of the trial. On Tuesday he spoke to the accused directly, calling him a “coward”. Stephan B. smiles. “Nobody deserves to die like that. Can you imagine how much strength it takes a mother to raise a child? What kind of pain does it mean when it loses its life in this way? “

Ismet Tekin said he couldn’t believe that no one was aware of the bomber’s plans. Even though he chatted so much on the internet and made guns at home with his parents. “It is not an act of an individual.” He also does not understand the hatred. All people are foreigners somewhere in the world. Stephan B.’s defense attorney intervenes, believes the execution is too dissolute, but the judge lets Ismet Tekin continue to speak.

And he announces a final message to Stephan B. “You didn’t win. You have failed all along the line. The result is even more solidarity and love. We won’t go away. And guess what? I’m going to be a father, I’m having a child. And I’ll do my best to raise it here. ”Applause breaks out in the hall. The judge lets it go.

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Mohammed becomes a caricature again

Dhe French satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” is once again publishing caricatures of Mohammed on the occasion of the Paris criminal trial about the deadly terrorist attack on the editorial staff. The special issue with the headline “Tout ça pour ça” (Much Ado About Nothing) is due to appear on Wednesday, the newspaper announced on Twitter.

The trial of alleged helpers in the series of attacks on “Charlie Hebdo” and in a Jewish supermarket in January 2015 begins in Paris on Wednesday. A total of 17 people died at the time, including the three Islamist perpetrators.

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin called the process historical. The country has been rocked by acts of terrorism motivated by Islam for years, killing more than 250 people.

“We will never cuddle. We will never give up, ”said the“ Charlie Hebdo ”editor and cartoonist Laurent Sourisseau aka Riss. Accordingly, the sheet brings twelve drawings that were originally published in 2005 by the Danish newspaper “Jyllands-Posten” and taken over by “Charlie Hebdo” a year later. In addition, the new issue also shows a caricature of the Islamic prophet by the cartoonist Cabu, who was killed in the 2015 terrorist attack.

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