The victims of the terrorist attack on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin have a specific demand for the new federal government. Too many questions are still open.
Berlin – The clarification of the background to the Berlin Christmas market attack by the Bundestag should continue from the point of view of some victims and bereaved families.
In the final report of the parliamentary committee of inquiry from the previous electoral term on any errors made by the authorities before or after the terrorist act, many questions remained unanswered, “and the victims and first-aiders were not heard,” wrote Andreas Schwartz in letters to Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (both SPD ).
The former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had promised a comprehensive clarification, which then did not take place – also because files were partially blackened or withheld, he criticized. A resumption of the work of the committee of inquiry is therefore necessary. Schwartz was injured in the attack and had followed the witness interviews in the committee for years in the visitors’ gallery.
The rejected asylum seeker Anis Amri from Tunisia shot a Polish truck driver in Berlin on December 19, 2016. He then raced across the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in his vehicle, where he killed a further eleven people and injured dozens. The supporter of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) managed to escape to Italy, where he was shot by the police during a check. dpa
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