The problem, according to the media and political elites, is using the word no-go zones. Anyone using that term is smeared, defamed and libeled.
Most Germans now fear ‘no-go zones’ where they believe police are too afraid to patrol, new poll shows
- According to the study, 51 per cent of those surveyed think no-go zones exist
- The survey showed 77 per cent thought cops should crack down harder on crime
- Angela Merkel previously admitted the zones ‘are a reality’ amid rising tensions
By George Martin For Mailonline, 16 April 2018
A revealing new poll has suggested most Germans are scared of so-called ‘no go zones’ which they believe police are too afraid to enter.
The study, commissioned by German newspaper Bild, showed that 51 per cent of those surveyed believed the ‘no go zones’ existed – as opposed to 41 per cent who claimed they didn’t.
Overall, 77 per cent of respondents also said they wished police would crack down harder on organised crime.
The figures came as a blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has faced rebellion from within her own party in the past over the thorny subject of ‘no go zones’.
Police have been struggling to deal with a rise in crime following an influx of migrants from the near East
Angela Merkel has previously said that no go zones are ‘a reality’ and has promised to reform the way they are dealt with
Several government ministers, such as Mrs Merkel’s Health Minister Jens Spahn, have claimed: ‘There are neighborhoods in Essen, Duisburg and Berlin where you get the impression that the state is no longer willing or able to enforce the law there.’
Last month, Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a trip to the Marxloh area of Duisburg – a former industrial powerhouse with a reputation for high levels of crime.
The area is one of hundreds of deprived zones where crime has been allowed to flourish in lieu of strict law-enforcement.
‘I wanted to see for myself the challenges this community is facing,’ Steinmeier said, responding to criticism that he was a ‘catastrophe tourist.’
Mrs Merkel herself has previously admitted that such ‘no go zones’ are indeed a reality amid pledges to ‘do something about them’.
During an interview with n-tv last month, she said: ‘The state has to ensure that whenever people move or meet in public areas they feel safe.
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