Merkel slams ‘poison’ of racism after nine killed in Germany shootings

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel condemned the “poison” of racism Thursday after a shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the German city of Hanau.The suspect, identified as 43-year-old German Tobias R., was found dead at his home following an hours-long manhunt.The body of his 72-year-old mother was also found at the flat in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Topics : Federal counter-terror prosecutors investigating the case said they saw “a xenophobic motive” behind the shootings, the latest deadly attack blamed on the far right in Germany.”Racism is a poison, hatred is a poison and this poison exists in our society and it is already to blame for far too many crimes,” Merkel said in Berlin.The suspect left behind online a “manifesto” and video material that suggested a terror attack motivated by “a hostile attitude to foreigners”, said Peter Beuth, the interior minister of the state of Hesse.Among the dead were “several victims of Kurdish origin”, the Kon-Med association of Kurds in Germany said in a statement, adding that it was “furious” that authorities weren’t doing more to combat rising extremism.center_img Tears and anger The rampage started at around 10:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Wednesday at a shisha bar in the Heumarkt area of central Hanau, a city some 20 kilometers east of Frankfurt.The gunman reportedly rang the doorbell and shot at people in the smoking section, mass-market daily Bild said.He then fled the scene by car before opening fire at the “Arena Bar & Cafe”, with witnesses reporting hearing a dozen shots.A total of nine people were killed, police said. Several others were injured, including one who is in serious condition.The bloodshed plunged Germany into mourning, and rallies are scheduled in Berlin, Hanau and other cities on Thursday to honor the victims. Relatives and friends of the victims gathered at the Arena bar around midday Thursday, an AFP reporter said, embracing one another in tears. Police hurried to cover up the address of the perpetrator’s website with a blue plastic sheet after it was spray-painted on the wall of a nearby building.”I couldn’t be any more upset,” said Inge Bank, 82, who lives near the bar. “We have to nip it in the bud if the Nazi party is coming back,” Bank said, adding that she had lived through World War II and seen her mother imprisoned in a concentration camp.’Same pattern’ The bar shootings sparked a massive manhunt, with armed officers fanning out across the city and police helicopters roaming the night sky.Hesse interior minister Beuth said witness reports helped track the suspect’s vehicle back to his home. Special forces then stormed the suspect’s apartment where they found him and his mother dead, killed by gunshot.In a rambling 24-page document seen by AFP, the alleged gunman wrote that people from over two dozen countries should be “destroyed”. He also said he had never been with a woman, which he blamed on being “watched” by unspecified secret services.King’s College London counter-terrorism expert Peter Neumann tweeted of the text that it contained “various, but mostly extreme right views, with a do-it-yourself ideology cobbled together out of parts found on the internet”.”The pattern is clear, and not at all new,” he added.Neumann described the suspect as “an incel”, short for someone who is “involuntarily celibate”.Several “incels” have been linked to violent attacks, including a man in Toronto who stands accused of killing 10 people by ploughing a van into pedestrians in 2018.International condemnation Leaders were quick to condemn the killings. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier echoed Merkel in denouncing the “terrorist violence” in Hanau.”I stand with all those who are threatened by racist hatred. You are not alone,” he said.European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a former German government minister, said she was “deeply shocked by the tragedy”.French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he supported Merkel “in the fight for our values and the protection of our democracies”.Merkel pledged to fight back against “all those who try to divide Germany”.She cited the murders carried out by the neo-Nazi “NSU” cell between 2000-2007 as well as last June’s killing of pro-migrant politician Walter Luebcke, and the deadly anti-Semitic attack in Halle in October as examples of the threat posed by the far right.German police have identified around 50 extreme right adherents as “dangerous” individuals capable of carrying out a violent attack.Last Friday, they arrested 12 members of a German extreme right group believed to have been plotting “shocking” large-scale attacks on mosques, similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year.last_img read more

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Gerrard: Liverpool should ‘start working on a statue’ for Klopp ahead of title…

By on September 24, 2020

first_img Loading… Gerrard says the German boss will deserve the same tribute once Liverpool’s transformation from also-rans into European and English champions is complete. He said: “Knowing Jurgen, he won’t want to be put in that bracket. I know what he’s like, he’s humble and respectful. When you look at the scale of the job he’s done, for sure he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those iconic managers. “What you need to take into consideration is that when Jurgen took over Liverpool they weren’t close to being the best team in the country, they weren’t even in the top four. “To come to Liverpool when he did, get to the amount of finals that he has, deliver the sixth European Cup and then deliver the first league title after 30 years… “For me, someone like Jurgen should be rewarded now. It seems like in football we often wait until people get older before their achievements are fully recognised. “But I know the owners of Liverpool won’t let that happen. When Jurgen delivers the league they should already be starting work on a statue of him.” Gerrard added on the “relief” he will feel when Liverpool finally hold the trophy aloft: “You don’t want to count your chickens until it’s certain but I think we all know that it’s inevitable. “For me, there will be a lot of relief. Being a fan for a lot of those years and being a player and coming ever so close, you know that this is the one that people have craved. read also:Klopp lauds Liverpool’s young talent after Blackburn humiliation “This is the bread and butter of the club. I grew up watching all the successful Liverpool teams winning leagues. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it myself. “I’m a fan now and I always will be until the day I go into a grave. When they get it done and they lift that trophy, it will be 100 per cent happiness for me. I can’t wait for it. I’ll be the proudest man on the planet.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool will be confirmed as the new Premier League champions if they pick up six points from their final nine fixtures of the 2019-20 season. Klopp’s men had established an unassailable 25-point lead over holder Manchester City before the coronavirus stopped play in March, having won all but two of their first 29 games. Project restart will begin when City take on Arsenal on Wednesday, and if they lose, it will open the door for Liverpool to ascend to the top-flight throne by beating Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. Club legend Gerrard, who took up his first head coaching role with Rangers in 2018, says Klopp has set the standard for all managers to aspire to, and he has been delighted to see Liverpool reach new heights under his stewardship. “Let’s cut to the chase, sitting here, doing this interview right now, I think Jurgen Klopp is the best manager in the world,” the ex-Reds midfielder told The Athletic. “I know there are a lot of successful managers about. Pep Guardiola is exceptional. Carlo Ancelotti is exceptional too and I think Everton are really lucky to have him with his CV. I could name many more. “Having had the experience of being a manager for the past two years, you realise how difficult and challenging the job is. I have nothing but respect for Jurgen. “The way the man handles himself, the way he’s been with myself, the way he goes about his business, the way he comes across. I think he’s got a heart and I think he’s got a head. He just works for Liverpool. He has come and taken the club to the next level.” Once Klopp delivers Liverpool’s 19th league title, he will go down in history alongside the club’s legendary former managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, both of whom sit outside of Anfield in statue form.center_img Steven Gerrard has said Liverpool should already be “starting work on a statue” of Jurgen Klopp ahead of their title coronation.last_img read more

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Giants edge Stars in thriller

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Press Association Belfast Giants came out victorious in their thrilling 7-6 overtime win over the Dundee Stars at the Dundee Ice Arena. Conor Shields was the key man as he netted a hat-trick, including the winning goal in overtime, and two assists to seal the victory and help the Giants go a point clear at the top of the Elite League standings. Dundee are fifth after suffering a fourth successive loss. Robert Dowd scored an overtime-winning goal to give the Sheffield Steelers a 4-3 victory over the Cardiff Devils at the Sheffield Arena. center_img Ben O’Connor, Levi Nelson and Mike Duco were also on the scoresheet to help Sheffield move into fourth while Cardiff slip to third. last_img read more

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