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German paper urges refugees to prevent violence

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Germany's mass-circulation Bild newspaper urged "decent refugees" to prevent violence by young migrants and report radicals to authorities.

The call in Arabic and German by Julian Reichelt, the editor-in-chief of Bild's online edition, followed the Berlin Christmas market attack in which a failed Tunisian asylum-seeker is the prime suspect and the detention of seven young men from Syria and Libya accused of trying to set a homeless man alight in a Berlin subway station.

Reichelt wrote that "what we need is an uprising of decent refugees".

He urged them to make clear to young migrants "that they mock and spit on with acts of violence the country that has given you and your children refuge." And he said they were responsible for keeping an eye on who young migrants are chatting with and who influences them.