In Brief: Hanau remembers victims of racially motivated shooting

Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky said there will be a memorial erected in the city’s main cemetery so the suffering of the victims and their relatives will not be forgotten.

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By Sylvia Cunningham and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

During a memorial service in Hanau Wednesday night, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier read out the names of each victim killed in a racially motivated shooting last month, denouncing it as an attack on all of German society.

Steinmeier added: “Those who only see the individual as part of a group promote a split between us and them. They are first made strangers and then, enemies.”

On February 19, the German perpetrator killed nine people, all of whom had migration backgrounds. The shooter and his mother were also later found dead.

The mayor of Hanau said there will be a memorial erected in the city’s main cemetery so the suffering of the victims and their relatives will not be forgotten.

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A group of Berlin’s airport workers went to court to demand protection from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Labor Court challenge was filed by a group representing 250 workers at Berlin’s duty free stores who want to wear masks and gloves. They claimed their managers had threatened to send them home if they did so, which prompted the workers to seek an injunction.

On Wednesday, store officials appeared to back down, clearing the way for the employees to don the protective wear. In a letter to the court, the company denied imposing a ban in the first place.

The chief judge said if the stores don’t challenge the workers, the labor court will dismiss the case in mid-March.

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It took three rounds of parliamentary votes, but Bodo Ramelow from the Left Party squeaked by with a plurality to again become premier of Thuringia.

Afterward, he refused to shake the hand of his challenger, Björn Höcke, who heads the local branch of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Ramelow said he’d rather be rude than extend the courtesy to a man who tramples on democracy.

Thuringia has been in the international headlines since last month when a pro-business FDP politician was elected as premier with help from the AfD and Merkel’s CDU party.

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