Germany police have launched an investigation after a video (below) showing a gang of migrant men attacking two elderly passengers on the subway went viral.
The video was uploaded by Tom Roth, of Munich, the Daily Mail reported. It shows a group of five men in a heated exchange with two elderly men. The incident allegedly started after a woman denied the advances of one of the five men.
An elderly passenger intervened and asked the men to leave the woman alone. In the video, one of the men is seen grabbing the elderly passenger by his arms. Another passenger appears to pull the man away and starts grappling with him.
Roth posted the video on his Facebook page, along with a lengthy description of what occurred. Translated, the post reads:
A young woman was attacked on the subway. When two old men tried to intervene, they too were attacked. This was in the heart of Munich, in the middle of the day. I got on the train at Sendlinger Tor travelling to the main railway station. I sat in a four-seater, across from a young lady. In the four-way behind her sat two asylum seekers. One of them, a young man, probably of Arab origin, bothered the woman. He said something to her and asked: ‘Why will you not answer me in German?’ She responded: ‘Because you asked me in English.’ I think he had his hand on her back. She turned away and looked in my direction.
As the train continued, the asylum seeker struck the glass window full force. I guess he was angry the woman rejected him. Several gentlemen shouted at him to stop. One of these men, in the four seats beside me, was then touched on the head by one of the asylum seekers wearing a brown jacket. He stroked his bald head, to mock him. It was such disrespectful behavior, the likes of which I have rarely seen before.
The gentleman stood up right away. The asylum seeker then turned, approached the man and grabbed him by the neck. Everyone immediately became involved, with many trying to get in between the pair. The man's attacker fell back in his four-seater. There were four asylum seekers now involved, staring at us and two other older gentlemen angrily.
There were about 10-15 people beside and behind me. The situation was brought under control. When the train reached the station I shouted that I would call the police. Some of the other passengers yelled that they should leave the train, which they then did. I didn't call the police after all, since I have been told several times by friends that the police tell victims there's nothing they can do about it.
Munich police have launched an investigation.
“We know about the video, after we found out about it on a social network,” a police spokesperson told the Daily Mail. “Based on the video and the witness account we have decided to open a criminal investigation. We are in contact with a witness, but still need to identify the other people in the video.
“For starters, we need to find out whether any actual bodily harm and/or sexual harassment can be established.
“It would appear from the video that the aggressors have Arab backgrounds, but whether they are asylum seekers or not we can’t say at the moment.
“It’s mere speculation. We are working to identify them.”