Germany’s migration crisis just got even bigger.
German authorities have been constantly revising their official estimates and have now concluded that by the end of 2015 over a million migrants would be settling in the country. What mass-migration would mean for Germany and Europe in the long run remains to be seen, but media and activist are already asking locals to adjust to the change.
The first casualty appears to be the Munich’s traditional Oktoberfest, 16-day annual folk-fest held every year in September. With just less than a week to go, there are calls to cancel the Oktoberfest. Germany’s leading business daily Handelsblatt ran an article titled “Boycott Oktoberfest.”
Technology reporter Britta Weddeling lamented the fact that government was not doing enough and “the refugees [were] not invited [to the event].” She made a blunt call, urging readers that, “If you’d travel to Munich to celebrate Bavarian cosiness and hospitality, you’d support a lie. Don’t go. Boycott Oktoberfest.”
If Frau Weddeling is not happy with the fact that refugees, predominantly Muslim, are not being given free entry the beer tents in Munich, some devout Muslims are petitioning to call for a ban on “Intolerant and Anti-Islamic Event of Oktoberfest” altogether.
The petitioner Morad Almuradi from the Netherlands complains in his online petition:
Oktoberfest is an Intolerant and Anti-Islamic event. We tried to ignore the event, but there too many Un-Islamic acts done at the Oktoberfest. Such as alcohol consumption, public nudity etc. (…) We also believe that the Oktoberfest might also offend all the Muslim refugees coming from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. The cancellation of the Oktoberfest event will help refugees not to forget their Islamic history.
It is impossible to verify the authenticity of the Almuradi’s petition that got around 500 signatures before it was closed, but this would not be the first time radical Muslims in Germany would be seeking to impose their idea of culture on locals. Last year, media reported of nightly patrols in the city of Wuppertal by ‘uniformed’ radical Islamists imposing Sharia compliance on the streets.
Liberals incensed by the idea that revellers aren’t willing to stay away from the Oktoberfest and won’t vacate their beer tents for the migrants, just gloss over the fact that Saudi Arabia isn’t allowing any Syrian refugees near its mega city with 100,000 empty, air-conditioned tents enough to house 3 million of their fellow displaced Arabs.
Meanwhile, please visit Oktoberfest. While you still can.
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