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German police call known North African troublemakers ‘Nafris’ – Race Row Erupts!

The acronym is an abbreviation of ‘Nordafrikanische Intensivtaeter’ or ‘North African Repeat Offenders’ but has ruffled feathers as tensions are still running high after the Berlin terror attack and massive New Year’s Eve security crackdowns.

The row flared up when police in Cologne said they prevented trouble on New Year’s Eve by screening 650 Nafris and removing 190 from the city centre and detaining 92.

The operation followed intense criticism of the police for failing to protect hundreds of women from being sexually molested, mostly by North African men, a year ago.

But the Nafri tag has set off a war of wards with some politicians on the left denouncing it as racist while defenders argue it is just one more acronym in a language filled with difficult compound nouns.


Thomas Jaeger, a political scientist at Cologne University, said: “It’s bizarre and so typically German to be arguing about the word ‘Nafri’ instead of saying ‘fortunately there were no problems’.”

He said the row was “grist to the mill” of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as it prepares for an election in May in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state that includes Cologne, and for a federal election in September.

He said: ”Police are being accused of racial profiling. What are they supposed to do? Screen all young women or grannies?”

Racial profiling is not legal in Germany but police have powers to screen anyone seen as a potential security threat.

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AfD leader Frauke Petry weighed into the latest controversy with a sarcastic tweet, saying: “Nafris were probably on the way to join the church choir.”

A Forsa opinion poll for RTL TV found 79 percent believed Cologne police acted appropriately on New Year’s Eve.


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