‘I Stand With Hate Speech’ — Anti-Muslim Sentiment Hits Twitter After Mass Sexual Assault Carried Out By Refugees In Germany

Asylum seekers have carried out a mass sexual assault against German women at a free concert in Darmstadt, Germany, reports The Sun.

The assaults were believed to be copycat assaults modeled on the incidents of December 31, 2015. Last year, a group of asylum-seeking youths took advantage of the crowded and chaotic New Years atmosphere in Cologne, moving around in hunting packs as they robbed and sexually assaulted hundreds of young women.

The Darmstadt men used a similar strategy this month, surrounding women in groups and isolating them before carrying out the attacks.

The assault took place during a festival in the city of Darmstadt. Eighteen women filed complaints, and “at least 15 more women are expected to come forward to file criminal complaints,” according to The Sun.

Three men of Pakistani origin, between the ages of 28 and 31, have been charged with sexual crimes. All three men are seeking asylum in Germany.

As in the case of the original Cologne attacks, the Darmstadt authorities have been accused of covering up the assaults to avoid inflaming racial hatred and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Some social media users allege that they found out about the Cologne attacks through social media because the press were too fearful to report about attacks by asylum seekers.

An #IStandWithHateSpeech Twitter trend has been sparking up periodically since the first Cologne attack. Many tweeters are expressing their fear that rampant political correctness is preventing the media and voters from discussing the issues of immigration and Islamic fundamentalism in an open fashion.

The tweeters argue that free speech ought to be implemented with no caveats, and that even so-called “hate speech” must be protected under law.

Breitbart, the right-leaning publication who claims to have broken the story of the first Cologne attacks when the left-leaning press were supposedly too afraid, reported that after the original Cologne attacks, Angela Merkel’s government came under fire for their attempts to remove anti-migrant “hate speech” from Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

“Breitbart London first brought news of the attacks to the English speaking world and sparked a global tide of outrage in the process….Anyone in Germany appalled by the scenes we described, however, will find it difficult to express their disgust online because it might be branded as hate speech by the Berlin political class that shows more concern for the reaction from Germans than for the threat to social order from the migrants themselves.”

Breitbart report that the social media giants yielded to Merkel’s demand and promised to delete any German anti-immigrant sentiment posted on their networks “within 24 hours after a removal request has been made.” In doing this, the social media giants were agreeing to place Merkel’s demands and the dictates of German domestic law above their own corporate policies, Breitbart alleges.

The outlets agreed to apply domestic laws, rather than their own corporate policies, to reviews of posts and already users in Germany are expressing disgust at the policy which came straight from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office…In a deal reached last December, major social media sites said they would work to delete any German anti-migrant sentiments distributed on their networks within 24 hours after a removal request has been made.

The left-leaning Independent notes that support for refugees in Europe fell after the Cologne New Years attacks, with protests sweeping Germany.

“Protests by anti-refugee groups swept the country following the New Year’s Eve attacks and support for refugees in Europe fell.”

The Guardian reported that the attacks sparked a “ferocious debate” in Germany.

Kristina Schroder, a member of the conservative CDU party, came forward saying that it was time for Germany to openly address the issue of cultural differences.

“For a long time it was taboo, but we must grapple with masculinity norms that legitimise violence in Muslim culture.”

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