Over 200-member police-troop descended on Donauworth town, in the Bayerische region (Munich) of Germany, where more than 300 Gambian migrants reside, conducting arrests and taking at least 30 into custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the “unfriendly police action” included assaults, when hound dogs and riot gear police raided the community on Tuesday afternoon in an operation that lasted hours into the evening last week.
Described by pro-migration advocates as a “massive intimidation attempt” to the over 300-young asylum seekers from The Gambia, the over 200 police officers were all dressed in riot gears, including helmets and truncheons.
“Some refugees from The Gambia hid in their rooms, behind locked doors,” an eyewitness said.
“The police then searched rooms with dogs identifying some migrants who failed in securing asylum in Germany, mostly with a duldung (red line) on their passports,” eye witnesses added.
Of the 30 arrested and detained, some were later released and resettled in various asylum camps. Others are either at the detention hub or under police custody, awaiting deportation to Italy, and most precisely to The Gambia, a Gambian resident confirmed to The Point over the weekend.
Speaking to one of the inhabitants in Donauwört camp (name withheld), the action of the police was a totally “unnecessary attempt.”
“It came as a result of an attempt to deport one of our brothers to Italy last (Monday) night at about 3.30 a.m. We protested him from being taken away because it was not the right time for him to be sent away to Italy, according to a letter sent to him from the Foreign Office in Augsburg,” he explained.
Due to that protest incident that led to cancellation of the said deportation, the police reacted with massive raids the next afternoon, taking into custody at least 30.