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A co-founder of the first “liberal mosque,” which opened in the German capital last week, has faced intimidation, including death threats, she told RT Deutsch.
“Death threats, and other threats… are partly coming from the Islamist side,” Seyran Ates said. She is one of the seven founders of the unusual prayer site, which accepts everyone except those wearing a full face veil, such as a niqab or burka.
The “Arab clan” organised crime gangs in Berlin are using asylum centres in the German capital to recruit new drug dealers from the migrant population and extorting others.
Andreas Meyer, a former employee at one of the migrant centres in Berlin, has told how limousines would pull up to the centre at night containing Arab clan criminals who would recruit young 18- to 20-year-old migrants into the drug trade, Die Zeit reports.
According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), German security and intelligence agencies were particularly familiar with the Berlin attacker, Anis Amri, long before he plowed a large truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring many more.
In an article titled, “All the cracks that Berlin suspect Amri slipped through,” a now familiar litany of excuses are peddled before audiences in a bid to explain why the suspect wasn’t stopped, weeks, months, even years before he carried out his attack, as soon as it became apparent he was both violent and a danger to society.
DW’s article admits:
I’m going to give the wrap up on the smelly details of the alleged assassination of ambassador Karlov and the unbelievable attack of the articulated lorry at a Christmas market. There may also be interesting phone calls.
H/t reader squodgy:
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Germany’s Bild reports:
Nur zehn Minuten bevor der Lastwagen in die Buden steuerte, war Prof. Shlomo Shpiro, Terrorismus-Experte von der Universität Bar-Ilan in Tel Aviv, auf eben diesem Weihnachtsmarkt von Stand zu Stand geschlendert.
Only ten minutes before the truck drove into the booths, Professor Shlomo Shpiro, a terrorist expert at the University of Bar-Ilan in Tel Aviv, strolled on the same Christmas market from stage to stage.
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Trump confirms to reporters that his plan to ban Muslims from entering the country IS going forward.
And speaking in Florida today, Mr Trump dismissed suggestions he would back down from his hardline stance on banning Muslims from entering the country unless they are subjected to extreme vetting. He told reporters: “You’ve known my plans all along. I’ve been proven to be right, 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.”
H/t reader squodgy.
Searched the net for some German voices critical of the terrorist attack and and found them:
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“German police is searching for a Tunisian man after conveniently finding a temporary-stay permit under the driver’s seat of the truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas market,…”
You can’t make this stuff up!
Update: According to Reuters, quoting German newspapers, the Tunisian suspect had been in contact with network of leading Islamist ideologist know as Abu Walaa, and had applied for asylum and received residency permit.
The German state minister says the suspect in Berlin attack appears to have used different names, declined to say whether suspect was on a watch list but security agencies have identified suspect as being in contact with Islamist network.
The German state minister also said the suspect appears to have arrived in Germany in July 2015, and his asylum application had been rejected.
Following an awkward admission earlier on Tuesday that the German police may have detained the wrong person, moments ago Reuters reported that Germany’s chief federal prosecutor office said the detained suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack has been released, adding that he does not have enough evidence up to now to pursue case against the suspect.
“The investigation up to now did not yield any urgent suspicion against the accused,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
According to Reuters, the prosecutor’s office said the suspect had made extensive statements during a police hearing, but had denied the offence. It added it had been impossible to track the truck driver by eye-witnesses following the attack and that the investigation so far had not been able to prove that the suspect was in the truck’s cab at the time of the attack.
See commentary down below.
In the latest gaffe for German authorities, one which could further impact Merkel adversely if confirmed – something the Euro confirmed when it just tumbled to fresh 13 years lows – moments ago Die Welt reported that according to German police, the man from Pakistan who was arrested as a suspect in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people on Monday was not the actual perpetrator.
Police in the German capital questioned a suspect arrested near the scene who they believed was the driver of the truck that rammed into crowds on a square in the heart of west Berlin. The individual denied any involvement and the investigation by Germany’s federal prosecutor, who steps in on terror cases or other major crimes targeting state security, is ongoing, according to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere
Commentary down below.
Here is the latest:
- Local police confirm twelve people were killed, and 48 injured when a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in east Berlin around 8:00pm on Monday evening.
- According to local police, the incident, which took place at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, is likely terror related
- According to information from German newspaper Die Welt, the alleged truck driver is from Pakistan, and is reported to have arrived as a refugee in Germany on 16 February 2016.
- The dead passenger was a Polish national.
- German police is urging Berliners to stay at home; Merkel is to be briefed by the German Interior Minister.
additionally, Die Welt reports Trump noting that…
The drama on the Berlin Christmas market is a “terrible terror attack”. “Innocent civilians were murdered on the street when they were just about to celebrate the Christmas holidays,” Trump wrote in a message.
Germany’s anti-Islamization and Eurosceptic AfD entered its tenth state assembly, as voters deserted the mainstream parties in the nation’s capital. But a left-leaning coalition is likely to take control of the city.
With all votes counted, Alternative for Germany (AfD), founded only three years ago, captured 14.1 percent of the vote, putting it in fifth place, but within range of the four leading parties.
“It’s a huge success. We are a party coming from nothing, so the only party that is gaining two digits is us. Now, we are moving from the regional elections here this year, and looking to the national polls in 2017,” Beatrix von Storch, an AfD MEP, told RT amid celebrations.
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Police in Berlin have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted “anti-migrant” views online.
Berlin Police completed a large scale raid on internet users Wednesday. The officers ransacked ten separate apartments in the German capital in the suburbs of Spandau, Tempelhof, Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Pankow.
The force confiscated mobile phones, narcotics and weapons. Nine suspects were arrested, aged 22-58, and are accused of posting messages critical of migrants, migrant helpers and some anti-semitic slogans on social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reports Berliner Morgenpost.