A good month has passed since the racially motivated attack in Hanau. A month full of tears, pain and suffering, not only for the relatives of the victims of the terrorist attack, but also for many people who have still not received an answer to the many open questions. People in Hanau and all over Germany live in fear and do not know if it will ever calm down again. They don't know if they will ever get answers to many of their questions.
The corona pandemic has drawn almost everyone's attention within a few days. This is understandable, of course I am aware that the virus must be taken seriously. But there is also this other virus. It's called hatred - anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitic hatred and racist hatred. The perpetrators of Hanau were not known to the perpetrator, he specifically selected places where people with a migration biography gathered. His act was motivated by hatred and radical right-wing ideas.
We also have to fight this virus resolutely. Together, shoulder to shoulder and in solidarity. Because even with this virus there is a clear risk group. People who live in Germany in the second, third and fourth generation. Sometimes black hair, sometimes dark skin. Sometimes they wear a headscarf, a kippa or a turban. These "risk patients" are mostly Germans, but are perceived as strangers.
A firm answer is needed
They become victims of everyday racism. They are discriminated against and disadvantaged. They have to fight for equal opportunities, even though they live in a democracy. These people are exposed to hatred every day. Even after the Hanau attack, this hatred didn't stop. He continues to show himself, on the street and on the net. A resolute and powerful response to these events is required. After the racist attack in Hanau, more than 80 investigations were launched into comments on the Internet that raised the facts. Comments that take your breath away.
Therefore, we are all obliged to act against this hatred that divides our society. We will not allow the nine casualties between the ages of 20 and 37 to die without any consequences. Each and every one of them planned to do so much. We owe it to the young Ferhat Unvar, whose grandfather built the streets in Hanau decades ago that this crime is cleared up. We owe it to Hamza Kenan Kurtovic, who donated his first salary to "people in need". We owe it to Said Nesar Hashemi, who always smiled and will never drive his greatest passion, his car. We owe it to Vili Viorel Păun, who came to Germany at the age of 16 and was the only child for his family. We owe it to Mercedes Kierpacz and her surviving two children. We owe it to Gökhan Gültekin, who wanted to get engaged, but kept postponing it because of his father's illness.
His parents were more important to him than his own luck. His father said to me: "He never wanted to leave us alone. Why did a stranger take my son away from me? What did we do to him? "I didn't know an answer . We owe it to Fatih Saraçoğlu, who moved from Regensburg to Hanau to start a new life here. We owe it to Kaloyan Velkov, who worked day and night for money to Bulgaria to his wife and child. And we owe it to Sedat Gürbüz, who leaves behind a young brother and a father and mother who could no longer stand it at the funeral and lost consciousness.