• Germany's news in English
 

Berlin MP charged in fight over currywurst

Published: 09 Aug 2011 15:02 GMT+02:00

Sausage seller, Oguzhan K., told the BZ newspaper that Berlin House of Representatives member Özcan Mutlu first complained about the €11 price of sausages, Fanta and fries before hitting him in the chest.

“He insulted my lunch as a ‘load of shit',” complained Oguzhan K., who sells the currywurst near the famed Brandenburg Gate. “Then he took off his glasses and hit me twice in the chest.”

Mutlu, who is an education expert for his party, describes the incident somewhat differently.

He acknowledges complaining about the price, but said the sausage seller then insulted him rudely in Turkish, which Mutlu understands.

“He insulted me viciously because I ordered a currywurst as a Muslim during Ramadan,” Mutlu said, explaining that he sent his young daughter to the side and then alerted police.

Then, he told the BZ, several angry sausage salesmen surrounded him in a threatening manner and one of them pushed him. Mutlu admits pushing back, but said it was a matter of self defence.

The whole issue is one of discrimination against him for eating during Ramadan, he said.

“This is precisely the intolerance against which I have been fighting for 20 years as a politician,” Mutlu told the newspaper.

The Local/mdm

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

16:14 August 9, 2011 by buchi1947
is this stupid or what. fighting over the price of a sausage!!!!!
16:27 August 9, 2011 by vossy
€11 - thats a disgrace!
16:30 August 9, 2011 by freechoice
maybe he was discouraging another muslim to eat during Ramadan?
18:15 August 9, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
...Ramadan isn't observed in Western countries...let the Turk and other Muslims return to their superiou 7th century Islamic societies and cultures, where they would be much happier....
18:17 August 9, 2011 by marimay
Why would you want to eat that crap EVER?
19:42 August 9, 2011 by Gretl
"like" Marimay
20:58 August 9, 2011 by romber58
I doubt if we are getting the full story.

If the guy could read the price list why didnt he just walk away?
03:09 August 10, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I will admit that I am not terribly knowledgeable about Islamic law.

Is it really okay for a Muslim to sell pork sausages for a living? And it permissible for a Muslim to sell food during daylight hours during Ramadan?
07:24 August 10, 2011 by lordkorner
These guys could have started a riot:
07:51 August 10, 2011 by Shirazz
And looting.
07:53 August 10, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@vonSchwerin: yes and yes
09:30 August 10, 2011 by moistvelvet
So he is "an education expert", not in the maths department then. Surely he can look at the menu and tot up the prices before he ordered, if he didn't then he shouldn't complain as it is his own stupid fault.
09:57 August 10, 2011 by dcgi
Religion of peace.
18:27 August 10, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
So Muslims can sell sausage on their holidays, but can't eat it? sounds like hypocracy is the order of the day...again!
Today's headlines
Sudeten Germans give up 'right to homeland'
Sudeten Germans practising traditional dance at a gathering in 2014. Photo: DPA

Sudeten Germans give up 'right to homeland'

The Sudeten German Homeland Association has given up its claim to the group's former home in parts of the Czech Republic, quieting one of the final echoes of the Second World War. READ  

Minister draws fire over wage transparency plan
Families Minister Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Minister draws fire over wage transparency plan

Families Minister Manuela Schwesig confirmed on Sunday that she wants a new law allowing women to compare their wages with men doing similar work, provoking angry reactions from employers. READ  

Police wind down Bremen terror response
Heavily-armed police on patrol outside Bremen cathedral. Photo: DPA

Police wind down Bremen terror response

Police in Bremen said that the risk of a terrorist attack had been reduced in the city after they arrested two suspected arms dealers. The city remains under high alert, with special protection for the Jewish community. READ  

Germany's Schäuble softens Greece tone
Photo: DPA

Germany's Schäuble softens Greece tone

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Sunday Greece's new hard-left government needs "a bit of time" but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis. READ  

UK Pegida rally dwarfed by counter-demo
Photo: DPA

UK Pegida rally dwarfed by counter-demo

An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. READ  

Greek PM vows to 'start working hard' after vote
Photo: DPA

Greek PM vows to 'start working hard' after vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Friday to "start working hard" to implement vital reforms in the stricken eurozone country, after Germany's parliament approved a four month extension to its bailout. READ  

Ukraine: troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce
Photo: DPA

Ukraine: troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the killing of three government troops by pro Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said. READ  

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps
Trouble at the top. Photo: DPA

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps

Germany's highest civil court ruled in favour of a man who swapped the carpet in his new apartment for parquet flooring, incurring the wrath of the retired couple who lived below him over his loud footsteps. READ  

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday
Photo: DPA

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday

Teachers all over the country are expected to stike starting Monday, German education trade union GEW said, after negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) failed to achieve results. READ  

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes
Andre Shepherd at the European Court of Justice in June 2014. Photo: DPA

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes

American soldier Andre Shepherd, who applied for asylum in Germany as a conscientious objector against the war in Iraq after going AWOL from his unit, saw a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) go against him on Thursday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Kafka: puzzling translators 100 years on
Business & Money
France or Germany: Which country really is the best country to work in?
Photo: Police
Rhineland
Student driver crashes tank into family garden.
Photo: DPA
Politics
There was a notable absence at the Anti-Semitism Commission
Sponsored Article
Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?
National
How Dresden bombing still divides Germany, 70 years on
Sponsored Article
Are you an American expat? How to face FATCA
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Take a cute break with this gallery of baby animals
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
All you ever needed to know about Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,160
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd