Translation by Michael Laudahn
2 Melitta H (89) was beaten and almost killed by a chronic offender (15)
3 These neighbours living in the calm section of the street wish to finally live securely and peacefully
Blumenthal ñ On George Albrecht-Strasse we find Bremen’s worst horror housing area.
Police sorties are a daily occurrence here. Robberies, threats, thefts, drug trafficking, violence. A female pensioner (89) was beaten and almost killed by a chronic offender (15). The few honest residents live in fear. Now, borough burgomaster Peter Nowack (SPD) demands that politicians and authorities intervene rigorously. The social democrat is the first [official] to talk turkey.
‘The carrot-and-stick method does no longer work. Tell them there are no more carrots. I am fed up with the condition that some clans, mostly roma, make the government pay for almost anything, but consider the street an area immune from prosecution. Even they need to exert discipline, obey rules and laws. Those who don’t must no longer be pampered.’
The last major incident was in the middle of october, when 20 patrol cars had to intervene, in order to terminate a punchfest involving 50 residents. According to the police, it was mostly serbs and arabs using knives, clubs and teargas.
Neighbour Ramona Nomigkeit dares no longer let her child (8) play outside all alone: ‘These criminal gangs spit at us, swear at us and steal from us.’ Also neighbour Irene Boschen is fearful: ‘They bellow at us, ‘Fucking germans’, even had displayed a sign between their houses reading, ‘No entry for germans’.’
Already in 2008, interior senator Ulrich Mäurer (61, SPD) declared the street a social hotspot. ‘The clans originating from different ethnic groups make the neighbourhood insecure by provoking appearances, targetted disturbing actions and crime.’ In 2011, the interior authority [headed by Mäurer] made the street enter the ‘List of dangerous places’ in Bremen. Nothing has changed since then.
Borough burgomaster Nowack demands drastic measures: ‘For example the 15-year old boy, who is in remand for attempted murder of the 89-year old pensioner. He is not an EU citizen. In his case, I expect to see him condemned, then expelled along with his parents. For if a youngster like him commits more than 100 criminal acts, then also his mother and father have failed.’