An original translation by Nash Montana
For four young Swiss citizens, going out became a nightmare. They were attacked brutally at the train station, in front of witnesses – who didn’t even call the police.
“I was at the Shisha-bar Saturday night with a friend”, the 18 year old woman F.H. recounts. The words flow out of her mouth. “I was so shocked”, she says multiple times during her telling of what happened on Saturday at around 23:40 at the Wohlen AG train station.
“Two friends of ours were accompanying us to the train-station. There we wanted to take the 23:46 train to Lenzburg.” At the train station there were “three guys who were wolf-whistling after us. We just ignored them, walked on towards the platform”, F. tells. Arriving at the platform, the four of them waited for the train.
“There were really a lot of people. I would have to say, around 40 people or so: on the platform, by the bus.” And then they saw the three young men again – but this time there were more. “They ran over the tracks, maybe 12, 15 of them, they surrounded us.”
”They beat his head with rocks”
What first was just an uncomfortable situation, drastically went bad. “The men – I think they were all Eritreans – wanted to shake my friend’s hand. One of them gave him his hand. My other friend didn’t want to and he said: “Go away.” That’s when the tense situation completely capsized. F, said: “They just pounced on him, they beat him and they kicked him from all sides.” The 17 year old Swiss tried to help his 19 year old friend – “that’s when they beat on him as well.”
Then F., her girlfriend, and the 17 year old, had to helplessly watch what happened next:
“They threw our friend on the tracks, they kept kicking him, they picked up rocks from the tracks, and they beat him with the rocks, his head, everywhere.”
”It just can’t be that no one would do anything at all”
What then happened, F. can’t fully remember. “We were in shock.” But she can remember certain details clearly: The train to Lenzburg arrived, the people on the platform – all of them witnesses of what just happened – entered the train. “I couldn’t get in, we weren’t complete, and then the doors of the train shut again, it left”, she says. “I remember how I more than once told one young couple that was just standing there, to call the police. But they just turned around and didn’t do anything!”
F. also remembers something else: “The thugs ran away in two groups, one got on the bus to Villmergen. From the bus everything could be seen. The people on the bus, and the driver, they would have seen everything as well.” F. called her mother, asked her for help. Her mother told the interviewers: “I told my daughter, I am already on the way, you have to immediately call the police and tell them everything.”
Police confirms principal arrests
At 0:12 in the morning the telephone rings at KAPO AG (Canton Police, Canton of Aargau). It is F. She is the first one, and the only one so far, who was calling in. The KAPO immediately responded to Villmergen. In front of Restaurant Ochsen they controlled several people, took pictures, and sent the photographs to F.’s cell phone for identification: “Three of them I immediately recognized.” The KAPO AG confirmed, that three Eritreans were arrested in Villmergen at 1:40 in the morning.
“I am totally shocked. Why did no one of all the people standing around do anything?” Her mother says: “it just shouldn’t and couldn’t be that a person wouldn’t even call 117 (It’s the Swiss 911, and by the way, in Switzerland you can even dial 911 and it will automatically direct you to 117) when something like this happens! Is everybody just looking the other way?”
The two young women were not physically injured during the attack. The 17 year old young man has received some minor head injuries, the 19 year old man, who suffered from contusions and muscle ruptures all over his body, remained in the hospital for treatment, but he was released later the day after from the Hospital in Muri, AG.