Baden-Württemberg: Theurer warns after New Year's riots: "No clan liability"

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - After attacks on emergency services on New Year's Eve, FDP country chief Michael Theurer warned against generalizations and blanket judgments with a view to the perpetrators.

Baden-Württemberg: Theurer warns after New Year's riots: "No clan liability"

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - After attacks on emergency services on New Year's Eve, FDP country chief Michael Theurer warned against generalizations and blanket judgments with a view to the perpetrators. "There is no clan or group detention," he said on Wednesday in Stuttgart. It must be proven that the individual has committed a criminal offence. The political right is trying to combine the New Year's Eve theme with the issue of migration, but neglects the fact that many of the victims of the attacks are people with a migration background, said Theurer. "That's why you can't get any further with this template in the political discussion."

Theurer turned against statements from the Junge Union Baden-Württemberg. The JU state chairman Florian Hummel had spoken after the attacks of "ideological blinkers about the perpetrator clientele" and a partially failed migration and integration policy.

The language formulation of the JU is fuzzy, said Theurer - it's not about group identification. Rather, one must discuss what drives people to do something like this. It needs a “social outcry”.

FDP parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke said it was too easy to say that the perpetrators were simply migrants. They often have a migration background, but not only. The perpetrators are people who don't respect the rule of law, who used New Year's Eve as an opportunity to riot.

Especially in Berlin, but occasionally also in Mannheim and Kehl, emergency services were shot at with firecrackers and rockets on New Year's Eve.

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