Man Accused in Turk Deaths Slashes Wrists; Skinhead Rock Banned
BERLIN (AP) _ A young neo-Nazi accused of the arson deaths of a Turkish grandmother and two girls - a hate crime that revulsed and shamed Germany - tried to kill himself Wednesday by slashing his wrists, authorities said.
The suicide attempt came on the same day the government said it was banning the music of several neo-Nazi rock groups, including one that urges Germans to kill Turkish children and rape their mothers.
Lars Christiansen, 19, was seriously injured in the suicide attempt in the Luebeck prison in northern Germany, said Hans-Juergen Foerster, spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office.
Foerster said prison workers rushed to stop the bleeding and that Christiansen’s wounds were no longer life-threatening. The spokesman did not know what instrument Christiansen, a gangly grocer’s apprentice, had used to harm himself.
Christiansen and Michael Peters, 25, have confessed to the Nov. 23 firebombing of a Turkish home in the northern German town of Moelln. The tabloid Bild reported that Christiansen lived on the same block as the family.
A 51-year-old grandmother who had lived in the home for nearly 30 years was killed, along with her 10-year-old granddaughter and a 14-year-old niece visiting from Turkey.
The attack rattled the nation and infuriated its 1.6 million Turks, Germany’s largest ethnic group. It drew international criticism of Germany’s inability to control such grisly parallels to its Nazi past.
Authorities have documented more than 1,800 neo-Nazi attacks in Germany this year, with 16 deaths.
German officials have been groping for ways to halt the violence and on Wednesday stepped up a crackdown on rock groups that sing songs advocating ethnic and racial violence.
A federal censorship office with the unwieldy title of Federal Inspection Place for Youth-Endangering Writings said it was outlawing numerous songs from at least five bands.
The ban prohibits the sale, manufacture and distribution of the groups’ music, but takes no action against the bands themselves.
Lawmaker Roland Sauer said the bands affected are Endstufe (Final Stage) of Bremen; Noie Werte (New Values) of Stuttgart; Kahlkopf (Bald Head) of Oberursel and Sperrzone (Prohibited Area) of Bruchsal. The music of the notorious Stoerkraft (Disturbing Force) was banned in October.
Sauer said in addition to the catalogues of the five groups, the government banned a song called ″Kanaken,″ a German racial epithet for foreigner.
The song takes issue with Turks, Germany’s largest immigrant group:
″Throw them in a dungeon,
″Or throw them in a concentration camp,
″As far I’m concerned, into the desert.
″But get rid of them finally.
″Kill their children, rape their women,
″Annihilate their race,
″And they will dread you.″
An earlier report by the North Rhine-Westphalia state Interior Ministry credited the song to a group called Endsieg (Final Victory).
The government has given no indication that it intends to prosecute band members themselves, or to take action against Rock-O-Rama, a Cologne-based record firm that markets and sells skinhead music worldwide.
Social Democrat lawmaker Siegfried Vergin demanded action against the groups themselves, not just their ″shameful and intolerable″ music.
In Bonn, meanwhile, police prohibited a right-wing extremist group from holding talks on Jews and the return of pre-war German territory at a restaurant Thursday night.
Police said they banned the meeting of Initiative All Germany because of its ″expected anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner speech,″ as outlined in an invitation police had seen. They also said they were averting possible violence between the right-wing extremists and members of an anti-rightist group that planned to protest the meeting.