Eight men rape an 18-year-old in Freiburg

The eight men, six of them Syrian refugees, were arrested for the crime, and both left and right-wing activists are preparing protests over the crime and the narrative around it.

Daria Sukharchuk
Daria Sukharchuk NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
Eight men rape an 18-year-old in Freiburg - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

In Germany, a country that is now facing a major political turnaround, stories like this have a deep impact, since they often fuel the far-right parties' anti-migrant rhetoric.

That is why there were two demonstrations in Freiburg on October 29 -- one from the far-right AfD, and one from counterprotesters.

It seems that the left needs to find its own stance on migration -- the old "refugees welcome" idea is not enough. Those men were welcomed to Germany -- but what do we do now? How should Germany treat people who commit violent crimes like this? And how can it prevent new attacks from happening?

If the tolerant, left-wing part of the political spectrum does not answer these questions, the issue will be completely taken over by the far-right. 

Details from the story:

  • On October 14, an 18-year old student was raped by a group of men after a disco. The girl had her drink spiked, and was then led her out of the club into the nearby bushes.
  • She was severely inebriated and could not remember the exact number of men. The police are now looking for more perpetrators.
  • The attack was planned by a 21-year old Syrian refugee who has lived in Germany since 2014 and was previously arrested for drug dealing and fighting. He and other six men (five Syrians and one Iraqi) lived in the refugee shelters around Freiburg.
  • This attack drew such outrage not only due to its brutality but also because it's the second similar attack in the area committed by the refugees. In 2016, an Afghan man murdered an 18-year old student.
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