As Europe struggles to cope with a migrant crisis that’s already the worst refugee catastrophe since World War II and which threatens to spiral even further out of control once the weather turns in the spring, officials have offered a variety of possible “solutions” to the various refugee-related “problems” that have cropped up.
Some are better than others.
One idea that didn’t go over too well was a suggestion by Cologne mayor Henriette Reker, who last month said it was German women’s responsibility to keep would-be assailants at arms length and to adopt an appropriate “code of conduct.”
That, some said, was an abhorrent attempt to blame the victims of the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults for attacks authorities should have prevented.
In yet another instance of officials blaming the victim, a 17-year-old girl in Denmark was told she would have to pay a fine for using pepper spray to deter a man who allegedly tried to rape her.
Well, European officials just can't seem to get out of their own way when it comes to addressing the bloc-wide epidemic of sexual assaults and harassment that has the public at wit's end. On Wednesday, Bad Schlema mayor Jens Müller caused an uproar at a town hall meeting when, in response to one concerned grandfather's question about cat-calls from a local migrant house, he said children should "not provoke" the refugees.
“You're not allowed to walk in your own city anymore! Go home, boy! Who the hell elected you?” one man shouts, in response.
"What kind of mayor is this?," a woman can be heard yelling.
“Well, it's technically not necessary for the girls to walk there," Müller said, digging himself an even deeper hole."There are alternative routes for going to school."
“It doesn't fucking matter if there are other routes!” was the response from the crowd, which at that point was irate. You can watch the entire exchange below.
Bad Schlema has 5,500 people. They've housed 85 refugees thus far.
As RT reports, "prior to the event, a demonstration of around 100 people gathered outside the meeting hall with signs reading 'Merkel must go.'"