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Imagine this,” the article in BZ Berlin challenges you, “someone who is a guest in your house insults your family. He attacks your wife. You’d throw him out, no doubt about it. Because that is your right.” The implied question: why doesn’t the same happen with asylum seekers who rampage through the streets of Berlin?

One typical example. Tuesday night, almost 23:00 on the Berlin Underground, line 7. While on the train, five men rampage, kicking the benches and doors, accosting the other travellers. “They were very aggressive” one of the witnesses later declared. When the men leave the carriage at their stop, the emergency number is called. Policemen of Division 25 respond immediately. Another witness observes the group, still “loud and aggressive,” leaving the Underground station. One of them then jumps on the road and “with full force” kicks a woman riding her bike. The woman falls to the ground, suffering bruises and grazing wounds.

The perpetrators could later be arrested at a refugee home. All of them are from Afghanistan, between 19 and 22 years old, and have requested asylum in Germany. All of them are well known to the police, mostly for so-called ‘brutality-offenses’ such as robbery, personal injury cases and abuse. Yet, on this night, as on the other nights, they were all let go. Nobody was arrested.

According to the police, this is now a weekly occurrence in Berlin:

We confront them every week, and every week we have to let them go, that’s frustrating.

No wonder then, that there is a dramatic increase in ‘brutality-offenses’ (+83.5%), with a +92.4% for severe and dangerous bodily harm, with theft rising with 11.6% and forgeries by 22.3%. Out of a total of 135.886 suspects, 9641 were ‘refugees’ or asylum seekers, up 2834 from 2015. Their excuse? As Mozafar Y., one of the five Underground hoodlums, says “we’d been drinking.”

Meanwhile, the politicians talk, saying the same things they’ve said before.