Claims of race-based violence targeting Kurdish asylum seekers have surfaced on Saturday at Berlin’s Tegeler refugee centre in Germany, with indications of involvement from Arabic residents and security personnel.
On the evening of Saturday, 25 November, a confrontation reportedly occurred at the Tegeler refugee centre in Berlin, where Kurdish asylum seekers were allegedly targeted by residents of Arabic descent.
According to statements obtained by ANF from directly affected individuals, Arabic residents incited violence by calling Kurds “unbelievers” and shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The altercation is said to have escalated with the involvement of Arabic security personnel. Six Kurdish individuals were temporarily hospitalised following the incident, although no serious injuries were reported.
The Tegeler refugee centre has a history of similar disturbances and violence, with Kurdish men and women frequently facing harassment and intimidation, residents told ANF. The recent attack heightened an already burgeoning sense of fear and vulnerability among refugees at the centre.
In response to the weekend’s events, approximately 300 asylum seekers, including women and children, were relocated to a different tent complex. This relocation occurred after they had spent a night outdoors in cold temperatures.