A gang of Muslim men stormed into a German swimming pool yelling "Allahu Akbar" as they warned a group of nudist swimmers they would be "exterminated". The six men hurled abuse at the women and children in Arabic and German, calling them "sluts" for bathing in the nude at the pool in the town of Geldern in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
According to Breitbart, other witnesses said the men, believed to be in their 20s, spat at the bathers, referring to them as "infidels".
The swimmers described feeling "really afraid" at the violent outburst. A member of pool staff, Lisa-Marie Theunissen, said she asked the men to be quiet after her customers had complained. It is thought the men then caused an affray at a water skiing facility, where they subjected patrons and staff to more verbal abuse, before being chased off the premises by staff.
This year there have been reports of a spate of sex attacks at public baths in Germany and Austria, perpetrated by refugees. It has been suggested that many refugees from conservative Muslim backgrounds are unfamiliar with the preference for natural form of swimming in Germany, nor are they accustomed to seeing women swimming in bathing costumes.
Cologne lifeguard chief Berthold Schmitt said there is a "fundamental problem" for refugees in 6,000 indoor, outdoor and school swimming pools in Germany. "The 'new people', as we call them, have three problems: they speak no German, have no knowledge of German or European bathing culture, and most cannot swim."
In an effort to create better understanding of Western social norms, charts have been displayed at swimming pools in Munich in a bid to teach migrants to treat women and children at the local pool with respect.
The professional swimming association in Germany has suggested that sex attacks by refugees at public baths could be prevented by training migrants to become pool lifeguards with responsibilities for ensuring the safety and security of bathers.
The Federal Association of German Swimming Professionals (BDS) says this would be "an inclusive measure that would benefit everyone."
"Often it is the case that women feel sexually harassed by a group of migrants just because they look at them," explained BDS president Peter Harzheim. "Such situations could be disarmed faster with migrants as pool attendants."
While the suggestion has sparked widespread disbelief, the proposal has won support from The SPD, Greens and the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia. "People with multilingualism can dispel misunderstandings faster", said Left Party spokesman Özlem Demirel.
In February, an Iraqi migrant in Vienna admitted to raping a10-year-old boy in a swimming pool cubicle. The attack happened at the Resienbad pool last December.
In January, a Belgian mayor in the coastal town of Kokzijde sought to ban male refugees from a local swimming pool after police were called to investigate an incident involving an Iraqi man and a 10-year-old girl.
Police have said there would be zero-tolerance for sexual assaults.
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