'Shame, Shame, Shame!' Readers React to German Racist Attack

The world was shocked by the brazen racist attack against eight Indians in the Eastern German town of Mügeln over the weekend. SPIEGEL ONLINE readers react.

The town of Mügeln made headlines across the world after the brutal racist attack over the weekend.
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The town of Mügeln made headlines across the world after the brutal racist attack over the weekend.

The attack shocked Germany: A 50-person mob shouting "Foreigners Out!" chased eight Indians through the small town of Mügeln in the Eastern German state of Saxony. The victims managed to find shelter in a pizzeria owned by Kulvir Singh, one of those being chased, but the mob bashed in the doors and destroyed Singh's car. All eight of the Indians were injured and it took 70 police to quell the violence, which took place on Saturday night following a town festival.

But it's not just Germans who have reacted with horror to the brazen attack. SPIEGEL ONLINE readers from around the world have written to condemn the apparent act of right-wing violence.

Events like the racial attack on the Indians can happen. Reports of bystanders watching the attack and not helping the Indians are as disturbing as the attack itself. What will determine Germany's reputation throughout the world is how Germany responds to the attack.

-- Nelson Smith
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

I am a US citizen of Indian descent and speaking for my circle of friends who are also of Indian descent. We all believe that Germany is not a conducive environment for foreigners.

One of my friends has over 30 patents and is the chief engineer for a multi-100 million dollar high tech company he helped build. When he was asked to move to Hamburg to take over a division there, he was met with such hostility by highly educated employees and thinly disguised racial insults that he declined the job. The division was shut down a little later. It would be a stretch to say this was the reason but his presence would have given the division a fighting chance. Racism hurt everybody here, the German citizens who lost jobs, my friend who could not experience the pleasure of living in Germany which he was looking forward to.

I personally have been to over 56 countries on business and only in Germany have I ever been asked for my passport while walking down the street. Immigration officers have also been much ruder than in other European countries. As a result, I no longer fly through Germany if I can avoid it and do not plan on expanding into Germany. I am just a small blip on the economic radar for Germany but there are 200 million successful Indians or people of Indian origin who would like nothing better than to have a profitable and mutually beneficial relationship with Germany's people.

My friends of Chinese origin share the same view and there are probably as many of them if not more.

-- Sameer V.
San Jose, CA, USA

I am shocked that something like this would happen in Germany. I would expect this to happen here in our new Theocratic Dictatorship set up by President Bush but I thought Germany had more sense.

I guess Germany is not as modern and tolerant as I once believed. Germany is apparently no better than the rednecks we have here in America that now control our country.

Maybe you will grow up some day.

-- Robert Garcia
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dear Editor,

This is clearly unacceptable, xenophobic behaviour from the so called neo-Nazis, who clearly still exist in Germany, East and Central Europe, including Hungary, Poland, and Czech Republic etc. Neo-Nazis are against foreigners, especially coloured people.

Even though these countries like Germany promote tourism and business in India, they have not done much to contain such small factions. These are actually small unorganized factions, which could easily be wiped out if their governments wanted, especially with such efficient police and anti crime force that these countries have.

There have been thousands of such incidents against Indians in the past 15 years or more which have not been reported. My advice to the governments of these countries is: Do not underestimate the power of the largest growing economy in the world. You need India to take your economies further.

Last but not the least, to show solidarity to our fellow Indians in Germany, we must boycott Germany as a tourist destination and continue with trade relations, which will benefit India.

Best Regards,

-- Mr. Saidu
Bangalore, India

Your story on the attack on Indians is absolutely shocking.

The questions that remain are: Why did the police take so long to react and why was the situation allowed to escalate to such a degree? Was it simply classic mob behavior or was it a planned attack?

Whatever the answers, it is evident through this incident and the mafia killings in Duisburg that the German police needs to step up its role as a public watch-dog cum peace-keeper and clamp-down on radical/extremist action that seems to be bubbling under the surface in the country.

-- Nivedita Mahida
Dubai, UAE

You hear or read something like this far right attack on foreign people in Germany on just about a daily basis. Isn't it about time for the government to do something about this type of violence? This sure does not play well in other countries. (German Interior Minister Wolfgang) Schäuble should worry more about right wing violence, and less about taking more and more liberties away in order to fight perceived terrorist threats in Germany. The far right parties are a much larger threat to Germany then the imagined terrorists.

-- Carl Bruhn
Lakewood, CA, USA


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