On February 19, 2020, 10 people were murdered in Hanau by a man for racist reasons.
I would like to express my sympathy to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the victims and wish them the strength to cope with this bad time.
In reports there was also a brief reading of “Shisha-Morde” at Focus and as reported on bildblog.de, the Bild newspaper first found in its live reporting that the victims are mostly Kurdish and Turkish people and spread wild speculation that the perpetrators were people from the “Russian sphere” and that extortion of protection money was possibly a reason for the murders.
No, there weren’t any Russians involved and no, it wasn’t about extortion!
Presenting the murders in this way and spreading such speculation is a gross disregard for the dignity of the victims! Such speculations pretend that the murdered are virtually to blame themselves, because as a visitor of a shisha bar one must expect that acts of violence will also take place there and that all those involved come from a “Milieu” in which such acts are quite conceivable.
Humans have died – humans like you and me. Help those who are affected, show solidarity with your fellow citizens and stop to put people with a migration background to a box with which you personally have nothing to do.