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Amidst African community outrage, police in Munich have launched investigations into an incident in which two security guards were filmed forcefully removing a man from a metro train.

The man, said to be a 48-year-old Nigerian, was reportedly removed from the train at Leuchtenbergring station in Munich, Germany. He appeared to have no valid ticket as the inspectors came up to him during the check. They then asked him to show an ID card and pay a €60 fine, according to the reporter Natalija Miletic who filmed the incident. The man, however, only had €9 in cash, which he reportedly needed for food. The inspectors collected the €9, saying he still owed the rest.

Video footage show the man resisting efforts by Deutsche Bahn guards to eject him from the S-Bahn train.

As the man grips on to handrails inside the carriage, with many commuters looking on, one guard keeps him in a headlock while the other attempts to loosen his grip on the rails and lift up his legs.

The man is not violent towards the guards and does not say anything. At one point he yells out in pain.

Once dragged off the train the commuter was held down on the platform, with pressure applied to the back of his head.

Miletic objected to the way the man was handled, accusing the Deutsche Bahn personnel of being “racist”. The reporter is heard in the video saying: “This is absolutely not okay what you’re doing. The guy didn’t do anything to you guys. You should be ashamed of yourself.

“This is racist what you’re doing. Why are you doing this? It’s because he’s black.”

The man also says: “Tell me what I did?”

Local media report that a complaint of grievous bodily harm has been lodged with the police.

Both Deutsche Bahn and the police are investigating the incident, calling for witnesses to come forward.

Deutsche Bahn told German media it was “concerned” about the incident and “regretted” the violence seen in the video.

The company says the two guards involved in the incident are currently not doing any control duty.

Meanwhile, members of the African community have been expressing their outrage over the incident with many commentators describing the incident as an indication of the racist abuse which Black people experience in their dealings with some law-enforcement agents.

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German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, has revealed that 13,000 Nigerians are currently seeking asylum in Germany. The reasons they gave for their applications, according to the ambassador, range from insecurity arising from Boko Haram insurgency to political persecution in Nigeria.

Ambassador Schlagheck however hinted that his country was not convinced that there is political persecution in Nigeria at the moment.

He said: “There are 13,000 asylum applications in Germany. We are legally required to know if the person (applying) has been persecuted for political reasons.

“Think of Nigeria the way you want but there is no political persecution here. The likelihood that most of these absurd applications will be rejected is almost 90 to 99 percent.”

Ambassador Schlagheck made the revelations on Wednesday in Abuja when the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora led by its chairman, Hon. Rita Orji, visited the German embassy on oversight functions.

Noting the cordial relationship that had existed between Nigeria and Germany over the years, Schlagheck said that Germany’s visa processes were not cumbersome for people with genuine economic and educational intentions.

“For people wishing to study in Germany, it is not difficult to get a visa. It is easier than you think. It requires filing the details or you can just go to our website,” he advised. He also stated that there were Nigerians in Germany “who were willing to return”, because “the pastures are not green”.

Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, a top German official, had during a visit to the Nigerian presidency in Abuja on 7 February revealed that there were more than 12,000 Nigerian asylum-seekers in his country and the overwhelming majority of them had practically no chances of being successful with their claims.

Sanftenberg, who is Global Head of programme, Migration and Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, revealed that between then and the end of next year, Germany intends to deport more than 12,000 Nigerians.

Nigerian nationals have the highest rejection rate of asylum applications made by Africans in Europe, according to a 2016 report of the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

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Masked gangs roamed the streets of Hamburg burning cars and looting shops on Thursday and Friday. But many people are pointing the finger of blame at the police.
Since Thursday evening violent mobs have marched down Hamburg streets, smashing shop windows, and setting cars alight.

Video footage recorded on Friday morning showing smoke-filled streets strewn with burned out vehicles and smouldering debris led to inevitable comparisons with a war zone.
By Friday evening rioters had taken to plundering drug stores and supermarkets in the left-wing Schanzenviertel neighbourhood. The owner of one drug store estimated the damage to his premises in the hundreds of thousands of euros.

This is not the first time this type of destruction from left-wing demonstrators has been seen in Germany in recent years.

When the G8 summit was held at Heiligendamm in 2007, black bloc activists turned on police and left over 400 officers injured. A NATO summit held in Baden-Württemberg and France in 2009 was also accompanied by violence, with rioters setting fire to buildings and rubbish bins, and attacking private property.

In 2015, at a demonstration against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, police were partially overwhelmed by the scale of the violence. As many as 130 officers were injured and much of the city centre was choked by smoke as rioters set light to vehicles and rubbish bins.

In other words, history tells us that the far left are fairly partial to smashing up things that do not belong to them.

But it is not only the black bloc, a loose grouping of anarchists associated with violence and rioting in Germany since the 1980s, that has been blamed for the destruction.

As soon as the violence began, politicians, journalists and members of the public started accusing the police and Hamburg city authorities of sharing the responsibility.

The Süddeustche Zeitung, one of the leading liberal newspapers in Germany, wrote that “it seemed like the police chiefs wanted a fight.”

Meanwhile Ulla Jelpke, a leading member of Die Linke (the Left Party), who attended Thursday’s “Welcome to Hell” demonstration, claimed that police were "clearly responsible" for the violence.

On Thursday evening police told around 1,000 masked marchers at the 12,000-strong Welcome to Hell demo to show their faces. When many of them refused, police intervened to try and separate them from the rest of the crowd, thus sparking the violent reactions.

In Germany it is illegal to cover your face at a protest. Looking at the pictures of marauding masked anarchists from the past 48 hours, it is not hard to see why.

The idea that city authorities were somehow ultimately culpable also seemed to be shared by many Hamburg residents.

The Local has spoken to several locals who said the city almost brought the vandalism and violence against police upon itself, due to the summit's location at the Hamburg Messe being right next to several areas notorious for the left-wing scene.

"The mayor is responsible. He should have thought about whether it was right to have the G20 in Hamburg," one man, whose shop window had been smashed in, said.

It is fair to say that if this level of violence had been carried out by the far right or Islamists, the other two main extremist groups in Germany, the response would have been very different.

Two ugly incidents that recently took place in Germany shed an interesting light on this hypocrisy.

In October last year Germany held annual reuinification celebrations in Dresden, a city associated with the far right. When Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the celebrations she was jeered by right-wing protesters, who shouted “get out” at her. Merkel is hated by the far-right in Germany for her liberal refugee policy.
The incident caused a public outcry, with liberal commentators wringing their hands over the backward politics that still prevails in Dresden and other parts of eastern Germany. No one dared suggest it was the fault of authorities for holding the celebrations in a right-wing city – that would have been as good as admitting the surrender of democratic values to a mob.

At the start of that year hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted by groups of North African men in Cologne.

That time city authorities were widely criticized for how they dealt with the violence. Later investigations showed that the police were too thinly spread to be able to stop the crimes, which emerged from a group of around 2,000 men in the vicinity of the central train station.

But no one suggested that the police were responsible for the violence. There was a clear understanding that while the police may have failed in their duty to protect, when an individual commits a crime he or she carries the sole blame for their own actions.

When it comes to left-wing violence, however, the rules change. Of course, the reasons are obvious. The rioters take on the mantle of causes many liberals believe in.

But it is the duty of objective journalism to apply standards consistently. And the left in general only make themselves look stupid when they try and relativize violence that any sane person can see first and foremost hits innocent, uninvolved people.

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The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 24 people as at September 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at July 2017, 6 people died. The average age was just around 45 years. A third of these number were found dead in their apartments. On a particular day two were buried. 

                                                                                          

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.


Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!

There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg.

The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

The G20 summit of 20 leading world economies begins on Friday in Hamburg. Anti-capitalist demonstrators have already gathered in the city, and not all have peaceful intentions, police warn.

The first warning signs that there would be trouble ahead at the G20 came on Sunday evening, when police broke up an unauthorized protest camp. In the resulting fracas, protesters threw paint balloons at officers and police responded with pepper spray. Demonstrators claim that several people were injured.

On Tuesday night, there was more trouble as police used water cannon and pepper spray to break up several demonstrations across the city.

But these disputes are likely to just be the initial skirmishes before the battle lines are fully drawn. On Thursday the potentially violent "Welcome to Hell" protest is being held. Organizers have warned that activists will seek to block access to the summit venue and, as usual, "reserve for themselves the option of militant resistance" against police.

Critics have asked why Hamburg was chosen as the venue for the summit, which along with the smaller G7 is often the focus of anti-capitalist ire.

Hamburg, like Berlin, is known for having a resilient far-left scene. The choice of location in Hamburg is also a potential spark to the dry gun powder. The G20 venue is right next to the Sternschanze district, the Hamburg neighbourhood most synonymous with the left-wing squatter movement,

According to Hamburg police figures released in the build-up to the summit, 1,090 left-wing extremists live in Germany’s second largest city, 620 of whom are considered potentially violent.

Police are expecting up to 8,000 potentially violent extremists at the event. City authorities have said demonstrators are plotting “the biggest black bloc of all time”, referring to the anarchist-associated movement that often sparks riots at major demonstrations.

In response to the threat of violence, Hamburg has banned rallies from the inner city and along access roads to the airport, forcing marchers into harbourside areas of St Pauli and Altona, away from the G20.

A report by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) released on Monday showed that the radical left scene in Germany in growing to a size never previously witnessed. The internal intelligence agency categorizes 28,500 people as being part of the radical left, an increase of seven percent in a year.

If protests do turn violent, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a left-wing demo has spiralled out of control in recent German history.

When the G8 summit was held at Heiligendamm in 2007, black bloc activists turned on police and left over 400 of them injured. A NATO summit held in Baden-Württemberg and France was also accompanied by violence in 2009, with rioters setting fire to buildings, rubbish bins and attacking private property.

In 2015, at a demonstration against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, police were partially overwhelmed by the scale of the violence. As many as 130 officers were injured and much of the city centre was choked by smoke as rioters set light to vehicles and rubbish bins.

Islamist threat

It isn’t just the far left who are represented in large numbers in Hamburg. City police claim there are 330 far-right extremists in the city and 640 Salafists, 310 of whom are considered potentially dangerous.

The BfV say that nationwide, both of these groups have grown in size and affinity for violence over the last 12 months.

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“We need to assume that more terror attacks by lone wolves or terror commandos could happen in Germany,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Monday.

The city says that it won't be taking any chances at the G20, with soldiers, the navy and the air force supporting the police in securing the city. Authorities say they must protect leaders, some 10,000 delegates and almost 5,000 media workers from both the threat of a terrorist attack and violent street protests.

A 41-year-old British man has requested asylum at Munich airport, saying that he no longer wanted to be a subject of the Queen, police reported on Friday.

After disembarking from his plane from Britain, the man told border police that he wanted to become a German. He explained that his life was in danger in the UK.

The reason he believed he faced persecution had nothing to do with political changes involved in Britain’s decision to leave the EU, but rather because he faced jail back home.

Police officers at the airport got in touch with their colleagues in London, who informed them that the man had been arrested over a fight in June and had been released on bail shortly after.
The officers gave the man the address of the Office for Migration and Refugees in Munich and sent him on his way.

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A new report by consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest shows that housing prices rose even more rapidly in 2016 than in recent years, posing a problem for people looking to buy a home.

On average, housing prices rose by seven percent between the beginning and end of 2016, an uptick in an upward trend in property costs witnessed over the past few years, the study released on Tuesday showed.

Stiftung Warentest researched housing prices in 115 German towns and cities and came to the conclusion that Berlin and Munich saw the biggest hikes in prices during 2016, at 11 percent each.

Overall, properties were most expensive in Munich, where a square metre of a well-equipped apartment in one of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods cost on average €9,525 at the end of 2016. That meant that property buyers were paying close to €1 million for a 100-square-metre flat in a top location in the Bavarian capital.

By comparison, in Berlin a well-equipped apartment in a highly desirable location cost on average €5,550 per square metre at the end of 2016.

At the other end of the scale, a basically-equipped flat in an undesirable location in Munich cost €4,680 per square metre, meaning an outlay of close to half a million euros for a 100-square-metre apartment.

People buying property in Hamburg should also brace themselves for eye-watering prices. A well-equipped flat in a good location there cost on average €7,455 per square metre. Frankfurt was slightly more affordable, at €6,485 per square metre.

More and more economists are warning that the housing market in Germany is inflated, as low interest rates have encouraged people to borrow money on the cheap to invest in property, the report notes.

The German Federal Bank warns that housing prices in 2016 were between 15 and 30 percent overvalued. Meanwhile Harald Simons from the research institute Empirica said that “housing prices in the biggest cities have reached a level that simply can’t be justified anymore.”

“There is no sign of a turnaround in the trend yet. But anyone who is buying a home at the moment should take the critical voices seriously. If you buy at the current high prices, you are taking on the risk that the value of the property will drop, even if only temporarily,” Stiftung Warentest notes.

The report also looked into rental prices, and there wasn’t much good news on that front either - especially for residents of Munich.

Rents rose by 6.4 percent in Munich during 2016, followed by Berlin in second where new rental contracts were 6 percent higher at the end of the year than at the end of 2016.

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