Chris Tomlinson — Briebart June 10, 2016
A German conservative politician who helped vigilantes arrest an agitated migrant may face expulsion from his party.
One week ago an Iraqi migrant who attempted to steal a bottle of wine in Arnsdorf, Germany was restrained by a group of vigilantes after they removed him from the shop.
The group of German men used cable ties to restrain the migrant, who was making threatening gestures, and tied him to a tree, handing him over to police shortly thereafter.
One of the men involved was Christian Democratic Union (CDU) local politician Detlef Oelsner. Now, his party – the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel – is threatening to expel him unless he apologises for his actions, Die Welt reports.
Lars Werthmann, the chairman of the local association for the party, told German media: “We want an apology from him in public,” and warned: “If he does not apologise, we would seek to exclude him from the CDU local federation, because that use of force is simply out of the question for us.”
Mr. Oelsner was joined by three other men when he overpowered an angered Iraqi migrant who was attempting to steal a bottle of wine. The entire incident was caught on film as the 21-year-old Iraqi threatened the staff of the shop and harassed them before the group forcibly removed him from the premises.
Mr. Werthmann stated that the actions were excessive, and claimed that the four men involved had crossed the limit of what was acceptable in the situation. His comments echoed those of controversial violence researcher, Jörg Baberowski, who claimed that Germans should not fight back against migrants but rather leave confrontations exclusively to the police.
Police in the area are now saying that they are looking into claims that the migrant was falsely imprisoned by the group. The police had previously justified the actions of the vigilantes but may now be changing their policy.