Fw: Brutal Attack on Sorbian youth
- No idea if anyone else got this or not...
Passing it on purely because of the passing mention to current Sorbian May
Day celebrations - the "witch burnings" still happen here in Bohemia, too,
on April 30th.
Od: Robert Brytan <rbsorb@...>
Komu: alastair@... <alastair@...>
Datum: 02 May 2003 11:08
Předmět: Brutal Attack on Sorbian youth
Brutal Attack on Sorbian youth.
Radibor (Radwor), District Bautzen - Germany. Last Saturday night there was
a brutal attack by neo-Nazis on Sorbian youth who were
guarding a pile of wood for the annual "witch burning" festivity. Shortly
after midnight, around thirty attackers showed up in six cars provoking an
immediate fight, taking the young people's chairs and benches and throwing
them into the fire. During the violent encounter four young Sorbs from
Radibor, ages 18 to 21 were injured. The eighteen year old was so severely
beaten that the teenager had to be taken to hospital.
In an interview given to Sorbian Youth Radio "Satkula", one of the injured
Sorbian youths described the attack, stating that the group who was
the pile of wood had no chance to defend themselves. He himself was
immediately hit in the face and was knocked unconscious. When he came to a
short time later and tried to get up he was brutally beaten again. "The
whole thing took only ten minutes so we didn't even have a chance to call
for help!", the young man said.
German Criminal Police arrived at the scene after the attackers had left,
taking statements from the victims. Due to the quick thinking of one of the
youths, who managed to remember some of the cars' licence plates, the
were able to apprehend four of the attackers the very same night.
The spokesperson for the Police Department in Bautzen, Peter Bergmann
yesterday afternoon that he did not wish to speculate on the motive of the
attack, saying "we need more time to conduct our investigation. We cannot
prove that the attack was hate-motivated, as only one of the apprehended
admitted that this was his motivation".
From the "Satkula" radio interview it's apparent that the attackers were
well known to the victims. There exists a loosely organized group
affectionately calling themselves "The Last Children of A. Hitler", with
"members coming from the surrounding villages of Klein Welka, Goda, the
of Bautzen as well as Zittau.
Radibor's village mayor Wincent Baberska cannot comprehend the senseless
attack, saying "now, this has nothing to do anymore with just a rivalry
between villages. This is too much!"
In a few days the normally joyous celebration and festivities of May Day,
and the falling of the Maypole will take place in numerous Sorbian
What will happen then?.