A suburb of the German city of Munich has begun erecting a 4-metre (13 ft) high wall to segregate the town’s residents from the 160 unaccompanied child refugees who are due to arrive at a local migrant centre. When completed, the controversial fortification will stand higher than the Berlin Wall.
Construction of a dividing wall has strong support locally. A poll conducted just last month revealed that four in five people in the region of Bavaria had “negative attitudes” towards Muslim refugees.
There are people in the town that have raised concerns about the wall. Unfortunately, their concerns stretch as far as worrying about what impact the wall will have on the value of their property, rather than the demonisation and forced segregation of children fleeing a war-zone.
The Deputy District Chairman, Guido Bucholtz, said:
“I was frightened when I saw this monster of a wall. This whole propaganda really sucks.”
In a further example of the contempt that he holds migrant children in, the local judge who gave permission for the wall to be built has stated that: “New arrivals should not be able to use the wall for ball throwing games or other leisure use.”
The wall, due to be finished early in the new year, will be draped in vines and other greenery in order to make the forced segregation of children easier on the eye.