Muslims attacked by rightists in Germany

Two young neo-Nazis wielding baseball bats attacked a group of Muslims on their way to a mosque in the eastern German state of Thuringia, police said Sunday. A 23-year-old required medical treatment for injuries to his arm after the attack on Saturday evening in Nordhausen, some 250 kilometres southwest of Berlin. The assailants fled after hurling verbal abuse at their victims from Morocco, Russia and Pakistan, a police spokesman said. Attacks on foreigners are not uncommon in the eastern part of Germany, where unemployment is high and right-wing groups have an easy time recruiting new members. In a case that made international headlines last year, a mob of Germans chased a group of Indians through the eastern town of Muegeln and tried to kick down the door of the restaurant where they sought sanctuary.

Neo-Nazis as big a threat as al-Qa’ida – new chief

Scotland’s new terror tsar has warned that the threat from right-wing extremism is as damaging to community relations as the menace posed by al-Qa’ida. In an exclusive interview on his first day as the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland’s counter terrorism co-ordinator, Allan Burnett said forces should not ignore the latent neo-Nazi presence across the UK. Fife’s assistant chief constable said the public is at risk because racism is being used to unite people into violent causes. He said this also undermines police work to reassure the Muslim community following the attack on Glasgow Airport last year. Burnett said: “We’ve had a number of right-wing issues recently in the UK that again have raised their head in Scotland. “There have been serious cases down south that have been really well dealt with by the police down there, but we shouldn’t be complacent about it.

Immigrants should be treated with ‘Nazi methods’

A local Italian politicians stunned Italians and Jews by proposing that immigrants ought to be treated with the same severity the Nazi’s used when occupying the country. “To make immigrants understand how they should behave it would be right to use the same methods as the Nazis,” said municipal councillor Giorgio Bettio. Bettio went on to suggest that non-EU citizens with work permits who want permanent resident status in Treviso should be placed under surveillance for six months, and that information about them should be collected from their neighbors. “After the six months, if they have behave well, the immigrants can stay. If not, they should be watched for another three months and then expelled,” he said. Mr. Bettio is a member of the Northern League, which campaigns on a tough anti-immigration policy. His comments were met with an onslaught of condemnation.