Germany crash studied for clues - Arkansas OnlineFriday, April 13, 2018
Saturday's deadly crash, prosecutor Elke Adomeit told reporters. "But he was well known to the police."She said the man had three previous court procedures in Muenster and two in nearby Arnsberg in 2015 and 2016. His run-ins with the law regarded threats, property damage, fraud, a hit-and-run and domestic conflicts with his family, but Adomeit said that all charges were dismissed.Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg county, 186 miles to the northeast, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.Early Sunday, all three bodies were taken from the crash scene in front of the well-known Kiepenkerl pub. The silver-grey van that crashed into the crowd was hauled away hours later, after explosives experts had thoroughly checked it.Inside the van, police found illegal firecrackers that were disguised as a fake bomb, a fake pistol and the real gun that the driver used to kill himself.Inside the apartment where the man was living, which was near the crash scene, police found more firecrackers and a "no-longer usable AK-47 machine gun." Police also found several gas bottles and canisters containing gasoline and bio-ethanol, but did not know yet why they were stored there."We are now focusing our investigations on getting a comprehensive picture of the perpetrator's behavior in the weeks [before the crash] to find out his motivation for this horrible act," Kuhlisch said in the statement.Officials said some of the 20 injured were still in life-threatening condition Sunday. They have not identified them, but Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state said they included Dutch citizens."This was a horrible and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany ... and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims," he said as he toured the scene Sunday.At a hastily announced memorial put together by Catholics and Lutherans Sunday night, Muenster's Roman Catholic bishop urged mourners to try to understand the crash, with God's help.Bishop Felix Genn preached Sunday night at the city's famous Paulus Cathedral, where the 700 seats were packed. Rescue personnel, emergency doctors and firefighters were among those attending the service.Muenster is a popular tourist destination known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after destruction during World War II. The city was buzzing on Saturday -- one of the first warm spring days of the year -- and scores of people were sitting in the square outside the Kiepenkerl pub when the van driver struck."This cowardly and brutal crime has shocked all of us," said German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who placed flowers at the crash site Sunday.A Section on 04/09/2018...http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/09/germany-crash-studied-for-clues-2018040/
So zeigten Dortmunder Flagge gegen Atomwaffen - Dortmund24Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Leo Lebendig geht aktiv gegen Atomwaffen vor.„World Peace Flower“ um FriedenssäuleMit einem blauen Stoffhemd, blauer Hose und schlumpfartiger Leinenmütze steht der 1939 kurz vor Kriegsbeginn in Arnsberg geborene Künstler mitten auf dem Friedensplatz. Um ihn herum stehen etwa 50 Menschen, halten Bänder in der Hand, die von der Säule in der Mitte des Platzes abgehen. Von oben sieht die Säule jetzt aus wie eine Blume. Die goldene Kugel oben auf der Säule könnte die Narbe der Pflanze sein. Es ist die „World Peace Flower“, eine Inszenierung des Künstlers, die den Weltfrieden fordert.Im Video seht ihr, wie die Aktion lief:[embedded content]Während Bürgermeisterin Birgit Jörder davon spricht, „die Tausenden von Menschen in Erinnerung zu behalten, die damals vernichtet wurden“, will Leo Lebendig mehr, als „nur“ erinnern. „Wir haben uns jetzt genug erinnert, wie müssen jetzt handeln“, fordert er. Die „World Peace Flower“, sagt er, soll ein Zeichen des Füreinanders setzen.Künstler Leo Lebendig startete die Anti-Atomwaffen-Aktion auf dem Friedensplatz. Foto: Daniele Giustolisi/Dortmund24Nach der Aktion um die Friedenssäule wurde am Rathaus die „Mayors for Peace Flagge“ gehisst. Sie ist grün und weiß, zeigt eine große Taube mit dem Schriftzug „Peace“. Unten steht „Bürgermeister für Frieden“. „Mayors for Peace“ ist eine internationale Organisation von Städten, die sich für die Friedensarbeit einsetzen, insbesondere der atomaren Abrüstung. Noch bis Sonntag (9. Juli) weht die Flagge an der Seite des Rathauses.Die „Mayors for Peace“-Flagge weht seit Freitag an der Seite des Dortmunder Rathauses. Foto: Daniele Giustolisi/Dortmund24Kommentare...http://www.dortmund24.de/dortmund/so-zeigten-dortmunder-flagge-gegen-atomwaffen/
German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attackWednesday, October 17, 2018
IT specialists to look into the matter.
In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach.
Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled.
The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine.
The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there.
A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years.
The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states.
Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in CologneWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.
Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s.
Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome.
They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.
The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.
The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.
The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state.
Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance.
Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist diesWednesday, October 17, 2018
Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629
German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega MosqueWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.