A German mayor immediately lost popularity from the people after his comment on how to deal with migrant harassment sparked outrage among audiences.
Mayor Jens Muller from Angela Merkel’s CDU party was addressing the refugee issue at the Bad Schlema town hall meeting when an elderly man asked him how he should keep his granddaughter safe from harassment during summer when she wears fewer clothes. The concerned grandfather got his answer with the comment: “That's easy, just don't provoke them and don't walk in these areas.”
Predictably, the crowd got enraged, but instead of backtracking and apologizing for his ill-worded comment, the mayor further added fuel to the fire by claiming the children can find an alternative route to school and asking, “Do you think this [sexual harassment] doesn’t exist among Germans?”
The crowd took offense with the fact that they were unable to walk safely in their own country and asked the mayor to step down from the podium. The uproar reached to such a pitch that the mayor threatened to call security and evacuate the building.
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Muller’s word echoed those of Henriette Reker’s, who claimed after the New Year’s eve sexual assaults in Cologne that women should stay within arm’s length from strangers and should observe a “code of conduct.”
Last year, many of Germany’s and Denmark’s schools sent very similar notifications to parents to not let young girls wear shorts or miniskirts in order to avoid misunderstandings from the refugees residing in nearby shelters.
After more than 1.1 million asylum seekers entered into Germany last year, Angela Merkel approved measures to reduce benefits in a bid to discourage even more migrants from entering the country.