PRISONS across Germany are struggling to combat the rise of “dirty protests” by migrants who have set ‘traps’ for the guards – smearing their cells with blood and faeces.
Migrants at jails across the country have been accused of ‘greasing’ door handles, floors and walls with bodily fluids, including blood, faeces and urine.
There have also been attacks on guards with their own waste at jails in Bielefeld, Aachen and Duesseldorf.
Now North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) justice ministry is scrambling to put an end to the attacks – and hopes introducing language classes and recruiting ‘Islam scientists’ could help.
Uwe Nelle Cornelsen, the head of Bielefeld Prison, said “restlessness, rioting, rebellion against lawyers, and suicide threats” are typical problems staff have to deal with.
But the use of bodily fluids is an unusual form of protest – and one that NRW has been forced to admit is on the rise as inmates hope to encourage centres to release detainees earlier than planned.
In November, North Rhine-Westphalia’s justice minister Thomas Kutschaty submitted a report on the growing problem to the state parliament’s committee on legal affairs.
Most of those involved in the “disgust attacks” have been convicted of a criminal offence, and are serving their time before being deported.
Now after upping security and discipline measures, integration and language classes have been announced as part of a series of measures designed to tackle the problem prisoners.
While jails will also expand language courses on offer to prisoners, and hire more interpreters, in an attempt to “decrease the language barrier”.
Tablets will also be provided to staff to ensure they can translate their instructions into arabic, as part of the programme being rolled out across the state.
And four ‘Islam scientists’ will be recruited to train employees to spot radicalisation, “deal with emotionally disturbed prisoners” and instruct them in “intercultural competence.”