Germany: Police officer force-feeds rotten pork to Muslim refugee
HANOVER – Human rights groups have widely condemned Hanover police abuse of Muslim immigrants, after a whatapp video showed German officer forcing a Muslim immigrant to eat rotten pork from the floor for entertainment.
Human rights group Pro Asyl condemned the incidents for their “appalling level of racism and inhumanity” and demanded a probe into how many “accomplices in police uniform” knew of the violence, Agence France Presse reported on Tuesday, May 19.
The shocking incidents came to light after Hamburg-based German radio channel Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) aired a report detailing two incidents of immigrants abuse in Hanover police station.
“We received a complaint last week that referred to assaults in a police department of the federal police,” Attorney-General Thomas Klinge told NDR, Russia Today reported.
Police has been sent to search the home and workstation of at least one accused officer who was later suspended.
The suspended officer shared a whatsapp video in which he is seen choking an Afghan asylum seeker and forcing a Moroccan Muslim to eat rotten pork from the floor.
The shared video went viral with the officer’s colleagues who boasted that he had humiliated Muslims at least twice.
In one case that involved a 19-year-old Muslim migrant from Afghanistan, it was found out he was arrested in March 2014 at the Hanover train station for not having a valid passport.
The NDR investigations found messages exchanged between police officers on Whatsapp where an officer wrote: “I knocked him away. An Afghan. With prohibited entry (to Germany). I stuck my finger in his nose. And he choked. It was funny. And I dragged him by the foot shackles through the station. It was great. He squealed like a pig. It was a gift from Allah.”
The second case was the arrest of a 19-year-old Moroccan Muslim at a railway station for failing to furnish a ticket on a regional train; he was later assaulted by the police.
After recording his humiliation on a video, an officer on Whatsapp wrote, “Heard him squeal like a pig.”
“Then the bastard gobbled up the rotten pork leftovers in the refrigerator. Off the floor,” the officer added.
The NDR report comes amid concern that hostility towards asylum seekers in Germany is only growing.
It followed a UN report published earlier this month which warned from growing support for racist and Islamophobic movements in Germany.
The UN urged the government to take stronger measures against racist violence and discrimination.