Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
A Berlino, durante la Festa del Santo Natale, sei giovani siriani ed un libanese hanno dato fuoco ad un barbone che dormiva su di una panchina nella stazione della metropolitana di Schoenleinstrasse, nel distretto Neukoelln. L’uomo è stato salvato dall’intervento dei presenti e di un dipendente della metropolitana.
Il fatto in sé stesso rientra in quelle brutture alle quali i tempi correnti ci stanno abituando. Delle persone compiono tentati omicidi, anche particolarmente efferati, quasi per passare il tempo, per divertirsi. Chiunque abbia avuto la cattiva sorte di vedere un ustionato può capire a fondo perché si possa usare il termine “efferato”. È quasi peggio la sopravvivenza alla morte.
Ma non è questo il problema.
La Bbc ci ragguaglia che gli attori di questo scempio erano migranti, “asylum seekers in 2014 and 2016”.
In parole più comprensive ancora, erano in Germania da due ani circa, avevano chiesto che fosse loro riconosciuto lo status di rifugiato, status loro negato. Avrebbero dovuto essere rimpatriati immediatamente, ed invece sono rimasti a bighellonare in Germania, a spese del contribuente: vitto, alloggio, 1,200 euro al mese di argent de poche, nessun lavoro produttivo.
Ciò che lascia davvero stupiti e perplessi è come la stampa ed i media tedeschi abbiano riportato la notizia.
Dispersa tra le altre, quasi fosse soltanto una bravata di qualche ragazzino, una bravata da riportare solo per dovere di cronaca, ma di nulla importanza.
Non solo, neppure una parola a chi fossero gli autori del fatto.
Queste che seguono sono le parole usate dai giornalisti del Deutsche Welle:
«A group of seven men suspected of trying to set a homeless man on fire in a Berlin subway on Christmas Eve have been charged.»
«German police confirmed on Tuesday that six young men had turned themselves in over a suspected attempt on Christmas Eve to set a homeless man on fire in the German capital»
Una cosa è riportare come fa Deutsche Welle “a group of seven men” ed un’altra è scrivere “seven young migrants” come fanno Bbc e Mirror.
Deutsche Welle omette di riportare che tali migranti erano asylum seekers e che erano in Germania da oltre due anni, tempo sufficientemente lungo sia per imparare la lingua, almeno a livello elementare di sopravvivenza, sia per trovarsi uno straccetto di lavoro, sia infine per cercare di integrarsi.
Non stupisce, ma inizia a preoccupare questo ordine di scuderia dato da chi conta alla stampa ed ai media tedeschi di minimizzare quanto accade e di riportarlo in forma ambigua e minimale.
Poi, gli stessi giornalisti, vorrebbero tenere lezioni di “libertà di stampa” e di “correttezza” nel riportare le informazioni.
→ Bbc. 2016-12-28. Seven charged with attempted murder of Berlin homeless man
Seven young migrants have been charged with attempted murder in Germany after they allegedly tried to set a homeless man alight on Christmas Day.
Six of the suspects, aged between 15 and 18, surrendered to police immediately after CCTV pictures of the incident in Berlin were released.
The victim, who was attacked in an underground station, was unharmed.
A seventh suspect, a 21-year-old who police say was the main perpetrator, was arrested near his home.
Six of those detained are from Syria, one is Libyan.
All of them came to Berlin as asylum seekers in 2014 and 2016, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The homeless man, aged 37, was sleeping on a bench under sheets of paper in the Schoenleinstrasse underground station in the southern Berlin district of Neukoelln, when he was set on fire about 02:00 (01:00 GMT) on Sunday.
A train driver used a fire extinguisher to control the flames as passers-by helped to put them out.
→ Mirror. 2016-12-28. Young refugees arrested for setting homeless man on fire [Foto e Video]
Police in Berlin have arrested seven migrants who are accused of setting a homeless man on fire in an underground station in the German city.
The alleged attack occurred as the 37-year-old man was sleeping on a platform bench at Schönleinstraße U-Bahn station on Christmas Eve.
Detectives launched an attempted murder investigation after the suspects – seven men aged 15 to 21 – allegedly set fire to the victim’s clothes.
Six of the men are from Syria and one is from Libya, said police, who announced the arrests after releasing CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the suspects.
CCTV showed a group of youths laughing as they entered a U-Bahn train at the station which is on Berlin’s north-south U8 line.
Police allege the group had just set fire to the victim’s clothes.
Eyewitnesses, including a train driver with a fire extinguisher, rushed to the man’s aid and put out the flames. He was not seriously injured.
However most of his belongings were destroyed, Deutsche Welle reported.
Police said six suspects had turned themselves in at different police stations and a seventh man was detained by officers.
Berlin police vice spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told German broadcaster RBB the main suspect is the 21-year-old.
Mr Neuendorf confirmed six of the men are from Syria and one is from Libya.
Some of the suspects were already known to police, he added.
It is alleged the suspects tossed a burning object onto the homeless man, setting fire to his clothes and bedding.
Andreas Geisel, the state of Berlin’s interior minister, said after the attack: “These days we should expect charity. Instead, we are experiencing human contempt.
“I am horrified and thank all those who have courageously helped. This is true humanity.”
There was similar outrage earlier this month after a woman was kicked down a set of stars in Berlin’s Hermannstraße U-Bahn station.
The woman suffered a broken arm in the unprovoked attack which was caught on CCTV.
The suspect is a 27-year-old Bulgarian man who was arrested last week.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open door policy on immigration has come under fire this year following a number of attacks or shocking crimes.
Last week 12 people were killed and nearly 50 were injured when a 24-year-old Tunisian immigrant, Anis Amri, used a lorry to mow down pedestrians at Berlin’s Christmas market.
He was shot dead by police near Milan days later
→ Deutsche Welle. 2016-12-28. Suspects charged in attack on Berlin homeless man
A group of seven men suspected of trying to set a homeless man on fire in a Berlin subway on Christmas Eve have been charged.
German police confirmed on Tuesday that six young men had turned themselves in over a suspected attempt on Christmas Eve to set a homeless man on fire in the German capital. The development came just a day after police released images and video footage of the suspects in a Berlin underground station.
“We know who the main suspect is,” vice spokesman of Berlin Police Thomas Neuendorf told German broadcaster “radioeins.”
Later on Tuesday, the seven suspects, who are all aged between 15 and 21, were charged with attempted murder.
Police had been searching for the attackers since Saturday when a group of people was seen throwing a burning object onto a 37-year-old man, setting fire to his bedding. The attack took place at the Schönleinstrasse subway stop in southern Berlin, on the border of the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts.
Passers-by, including a train driver with a fire extinguisher, rescued the man from the flames. He was uninjured but his belongings were destroyed. German media quoting police sources reported that six of the suspects were from Syria and the seventh was from Libya.
“These days we should expect charity. Instead, we are experiencing human contempt,” the state of Berlin’s interior minister, Andreas Geisel, said following the attack. “I am horrified and thank all those who have courageously helped. This is true humanity.”
Two weeks ago, an unprovoked assault in a different Berlin station prompted national outrage. The attack, which took place three stops from the incident on Christmas Eve, was caught on security cameras.
A 27-year-old Bulgarian man allegedly kicked a young woman down a set of stairs in Hermannstrasse, breaking her arm. The suspect has reportedly left Germany. Several police organizations called for more video surveillance in Germany in light of the incident.
→ Deutsche Welle. 2016-12-27. Berlin U-Bahn attackers try to set homeless man on fire in Christmas Eve attack
Just weeks after a subway attack triggered a national outcry, a group attacked a homeless man with fire. Police are treating the attack as an attempted murder.
A group of people attempted to set fire to a homeless person sleeping in a Berlin subway station on Christmas Eve, police said on Sunday.
Police were searching for five or six unknown assailants who threw a burning object onto the 37-year-old man, setting fire to his bedding, a police report said.
People passing by, including a train driver with a fire extinguisher, rescued the man from the flames. He was uninjured but his belongings were destroyed.
“These days we should expect charity. Instead, we are experiencing human contempt,” said Berlin’s state interior minister Andreas Geisel on Sunday.
“I am horrified and thank all those who have courageously helped. This is true humanity.”
The attack happened in the Schönleinstraße U-Bahn station, on the border of the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts.
Police were treating the attack, which was captured on unreleased closed circuit camera footage, as an attempted murder.
German news agency dpa said the attack was carried out by a group of teenagers.
Only two weeks ago, an unprovoked attack in a station three stops away triggered nationwide condemnation. A 27-year-old Bulgarian man allegedly kicked a young woman down a set of stairs in Hermannstraße, breaking her arm. The incident was captured on security cameras.
After the attack, several police organizations called for more video surveillance in Germany.