It seems police in Cologne, Germany, are embroiled in controversy over their use of a new acronym to describe unruly 'refugees' during that city's New Year celebrations.
Police in Cologne have had to defend themselves against stinging criticism for the second New Year in a row. This time for being too racially insensitive.
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Particularly, a police tweet sent at 11.08pm noting that hundreds of "Nafris" - an abbreviation for North Africans - had been checked by officers, has caused consternation.
In total police handed out over 900 orders to young men, mainly North Africans, prohibiting them from entering the area around the cathedral.
Police say that many of the men were suspects in crimes committed last year and that telephone intercepts led them to believe they again had plans to commit crimes in the area.
But criticism of the term Nafri has been furious.
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On Monday Cologne’s police chief admitted that his force should have never tweeted the term.
“I find it very unfortunate that the term was used in this situation,” Jürgen Mathies told broadcaster WDR. “I regret it immensely.”
But he went on to say that a form of profiling was necessary based on their experience the previous year.
“We had a clear idea of who we should be checking. It wasn’t gray-haired old men or blond young women.”
There's more at the link.
The problem is, the police use of the term 'Nafri' is probably mild compared to some of the epithets hurled at unwanted 'refugees' by ordinary Germans. The 'refugees' have indulged in criminal and unacceptable conduct in huge numbers, in many cities and towns across the nation. Ordinary Germans are fed up with it, and want something done about it. Many are taking matters into their own hands, leading to growing anti-'refugee' violence.
The use of labels such as 'Nafri' is nothing more or less than an expression of the "us-versus-them" attitude that's now prevalent in Germany. Its citizens are "us"; the so-called 'refugees' (in reality, most of them are economic migrants fraudulently claiming refugee status) are "them".
I think Tamara had it right when she pointed out, some years ago:
The EUtopians may seem all soft, docile, and toothless right now, but the recent immigrant welfare sponge class is playing with fire here. Euros have a proven zero-to-jackboots time lower than just about anybody on the planet. Get Gunter or Pierre all backed into a corner and feeling existentially threatened and you'll be wishing you hadn't, faster than you can say "Arbeit Macht Frei".