After a deadly attack: government and railways discuss safety at railway stations
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Berlin (dpa) - A good six weeks after the deadly attack on a child at Frankfurt Central Station wants to Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) today advises with representatives of the railway on more security.
As the editorial network Germany (RND) reports, Seehofer urges comprehensive measures for more security at stations. The German press agency learned from government circles that the meeting is scheduled for 13.30 clock in the Interior Ministry in Berlin. According to information from the RND, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Rail Infrastructure Director Ronald Pofalla are also to participate in the discussion.
At the central station of Frankfurt am Main on July 29, a man had bumped an eight-year-old boy and his mother into an arriving ICE. The child died in the track bed, the mother was able to save at the last second and was injured. The suspect, a 40-year-old Eritrean, was arrested immediately after the attack. He has been temporarily housed in a psychiatric hospital since the end of August.
Seehofer had announced after the fact, with Federal Ministry of Transport and German Rail want to talk about how to increase the security at stations. Among other things, he had demanded a greater police presence. The federal police, which Seehofer is subordinated, had announced then, "want to strengthen their presence, especially at the busy stations".
The Police Union (GdP) complains that since 1992 staff have been thinned out. "The rail police was reinforced at junctions, but deducted from the area," said GdP Vice President Jörg Radek the newspapers of the spark media group. "For Thuringia, for example, we have a rail police inspection, which is responsible for the entire area of the state." This could lead to up to two-hour journey times, for example, if playing children were reported on railway tracks. Radek called on Interior Minister Seehofer to correct "this aberration".
Radek demanded that the police "give more and better rooms" to the police. According to Radek, a "model station" should now be developed, which he welcomes.
FDP domestic politician Konstantin Kuhle demanded of the ministers Seehofer and Scheuer "a comprehensive concept for increasing security in public space". Kuhle told the spark newspapers: "The police presence in sensitive places must urgently be increased instead of to rely on nationwide video surveillance and cosmetic border controls." Despite all the protestations of the Interior Minister today about 3,000 posts in the Federal Police are vacant, criticized Kuhle.