The teachers of a German college, the Rütli-Hauptschule in the Berlin borough of Neukölln, have asked the authorities to close down their school. Last Thursday the school called in the police to protect the few native German students remaining in the predominantly immigrant school, where over 80% of the students are not of German origin. The German students and the teachers say that they are being terrorised by armed and violent thugs, who call them “racists” and treat Western girls and women as if they are “whores” and “sluts.” Last week, after several serious incidents, the teachers wrote an open letter asking the Berlin authorities to close down the college and distribute the students among other schools.
Following the appeal of the staff at Rütli College several other schools in Berlin and other German cities complain that they are facing similar problems. Volker Kauder, the leader of the Christian-Democrat group in the German parliament, comments that the situation in the schools indicates “the unwillingness of many young foreigners to integrate in German society.” Edmund Stoiber, the leader of the Bavarian Christian-Democrats, said yesterday that immigrants who do not want to integrate will have to be expelled.
Meanwhile a Swedish secondary school, the Ytterbyskolan to the north of Göteborg, refuses to allow right-wing students to participate in the exams for the compulsory subject of social studies. The Swedish national school curriculum prescribes that students “have to understand democratic values and be able to apply democratic procedures.” Headmistress Ann-Charlotte Brandberg says that students of her college who do not respect coloured people, gays and lesbians and who say that immigrants should be expelled to their home countries, prove that they do not understand democratic values.
About fifty students in Ytterby College are thought to sympathise with the extreme right, according to Brandberg. She told the parents of ten youths that their children will not be allowed to participate in the exams because they had been caught using words such as “nigger,” “fagot” and “whore” and making statements in favour of sending immigrants back to their home countries. If the students are not allowed to take exams they cannot obtain their grades and get a degree.
The decision of Ytterby College is controversial. Ingegärd Hillborn of the national school board said that students should be judged by their knowledge and abilities, not by their opinions: “It is possible that a student knows the basic democratic principles but does not accept them.” Eval Thalén of the student association is critical too: “If you are a Christian fundamentalist, who does not believe in evolution, does this imply that you fail your biology exam?”
Last week the Belgian authorities detained a Belgian of Turkish origin who runs a sandwich bar in Hasselt. In 2005 the man had employed more than 70 Turks, each for only one day. As a result of this the Turks, who came over from Turkey to work in the Hasselt sandwich bar, were entitled to stay in Belgium and became eligible for Belgian unemployment and sickness benefits. The Turkish Belgian had a number of accomplices within the Belgian social services. The mastermind of the whole network was an employee of MultiColores, the pro-immigration non-profit organisation of the Belgian Socialist trade union ABVV.
The Belgian law says that foreigners who come to Belgium to join family already living there, are entitled to Belgian welfare benefits if they have worked in Belgium for at least one day. In order to be allowed to work for one day in the sandwich bar, the Turks had to pay 1,000 euro to the network, which also included a Turkish imam. The sandwich bar owner was detained for a few hours, but was later released.