Arson attack: Faeser zu Mölln: Tackle racist hate speech with toughness

30 years after the arson attack in Mölln, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser called for decisive action to be taken against racism.

Arson attack: Faeser zu Mölln: Tackle racist hate speech with toughness

30 years after the arson attack in Mölln, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser called for decisive action to be taken against racism. The act of the right-wing extremists did not come out of nowhere, Faeser wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "The agitation against people of other origins prepared the ground for her." The murder remains a reminder to act decisively and harshly against racist hate speech and violence.

The racist arson attacks in Mölln with three dead people are 30 years old. On the night of November 23, 1992, two neo-Nazis threw incendiary devices on two houses in the old town of Mölln that were occupied by Turkish families. The 51-year-old Bahide Arslan and her granddaughters Yeliz Arslan (10) and Ayşe Yilmaz (14) were killed. Nine other people were injured. This Wednesday, the city in Schleswig-Holstein will commemorate the events that are still causing shock nationwide with a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at the two sites of the attack.

Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the racist arson attack had shaken the trust of many people with a migration background in German society and politics. He will never forget "that my parents were also considering putting a ladder on the window for emergencies."

Green leader Omid Nouripour said the attack also represents a failure to deal with victims and relatives of right-wing terrorism in Germany. The traffic light coalition wants to expand a coordination center for victim and family support and provide money for the establishment of a documentation center for the right-wing terrorist group NSU and an archive for right-wing terrorism. "We owe it to the victims and their families to do everything we can to keep the memory alive and to decisively fight right-wing extremism."

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