Germany shooting: ‘It was a shock but not a surprise’


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Germany is in shock immediately after 9 people today had been shot dead in the city of Hanau on Wednesday night.

The attack, which qualified two shisha bars, is being treated by investigators as an act of far-appropriate terrorism.

A amount of the victims are noted to be of Kurdish descent.

The BBC’s Exterior Resource Radio spoke to 3 German Kurds with links to the place about the attack in Hanau and how Germany specials with racism.

‘A really tough scenario for all people to fathom’

Dastan was born in Mannheim and visited the Kurdish neighborhood centre in Hanau.

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Dastan Jasim

Everyone is just in shock.

You see seriously, truly youthful boys and you know they’re the mates of two of the men who were being killed: they’re outdoors the door in shock and some of them are crying.

We usually get at our Kurdish neighborhood centres for the reason that we are mourning for any individual, since just about every working day persons are dying in each portion of Kurdistan.

Each and every working day we have to hear truly terrible news and we collect and try to support every single other, but to have a situation like this in which a thing transpired proper all-around the corner – this is just genuinely, definitely challenging for anyone to fathom.

‘Germany has to do a good deal of homework’

Dilar grew up in Offenbach, an additional suburb of Frankfurt, and spends time between there and the United kingdom.

Of program we’re always shocked and upset when we hear news about attacks like this, in particular racist assaults on communities like ours. But I in no way would have assumed it would happen in a position like Hanau, which is quite shut to the place I grew up.

My mates, cousins and men and women like us hold out in shisha bars all the time, so my to start with thought when I heard about the assault was: “Is it men and women that we know?” And apparently there are persons that we know, that our communities know.

In terms of how folks are received in Germany, in some ways it really is finding even worse, simply because what we have found in the previous several years is a normalisation of proper-wing, racist ideology in mainstream politics and the media.

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People like us – Dastan, Luqman and I, and all of the people who had been killed – are not heard in mainstream German culture.

So there is a very stereotypical way of portraying folks, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa – and I guess the attack on a shisha bar is pretty symbolic of that. It’s a put exactly where people go and anticipate to obtain people who glimpse like us.

The question of racism is so taboo in Germany that anytime men and women check out to say one thing – like about Islamophobia or anti-Semitism – there is just not a tradition of debating these points.

Germany has to do a whole lot of research.

‘A shock but not a surprise’

Luqman, a journalist for a Kurdish newspaper, lives in a different suburb of Frankfurt. A son of one of his colleagues was killed in the attack.

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Luqman Guldive

It was a shock, but not a surprise. I am just mourning with the neighborhood, and I hope that the political discourse and all the mainstream media – how it handles this kind of heinous, racist attacks – will adjust.

It is really a quite, pretty personalized situation for me: I am a political refugee. You check out to uncover someplace which is more secure for you and then your youngster gets killed in an assault.

I have been in Germany for 27 decades. Kurden-Terror – Kurdish terror – is a standard word in German politics and mainstream media. If you use such vocabulary, you are dehumanising other teams and other communities, and this is done in Germany.



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