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Politicians fail to calm fury at sex offender home

The Local · 10 Jun 2012, 10:45

Published: 10 Jun 2012 10:45 GMT+02:00

Two bus-loads of representatives from the Saxony-Anhalt state government arrived in Insel on Friday for talks with the residents who are furious at the presence of the two men in their town.

But when the 70 politicians got there, they found most of the 400 Insel residents had gone to a “boycott barbecue” instead.

The housing of the two men in the small village several months ago infuriated many of the villagers who said their peaceful and safe home had been ruined.

It has certainly been turned into a place of confrontation, with police now on permanent patrol around the newly-erected fence surrounding the men’s house – after a mob tried to storm it last week.

The neo-Nazi NPD party has embraced the issue, sending members from around the region to push their “death penalty for child abusers" idea.

Politicians from the state of Saxony-Anhalt had hoped for a large turn out of Insel locals and arrived with a giant banner reading “the dignity of mankind is sacrosanct”. Instead, they faced a meagre audience.

One elderly woman stood up to shout “Who is thinking about the victims?” before walking out.

Saxony Anhalt’s state premier Reiner Haseloff said he remained open to discussion, but would not consider moving the men – one of them had already been chased out of Chemnitz by demonstrators.

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Your comments about this article

13:21 June 10, 2012 by The-ex-pat
A single word comes to mind...........NIMBY's.......
23:44 June 10, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
>>"But when the 70 politicians got there, they found most of the 400 Insel residents had gone to a ¦quot;boycott barbecue¦quot; instead. "
01:44 June 11, 2012 by raandy
Now that I know this in Chemnitz, I understand, nobody wants these people in there town especially in the East.
06:46 June 11, 2012 by gorongoza
I add my voice as well to that of the the elderly woman: " Who is thinking about the victims? "
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