Racist and Anti -Semitic, Germany Withdraws A Platoon of Troops from NATO


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BERLIN German has withdrawn a platoon from the mission NATO of Lithuania after reports emerged of troops engaging in behavior racist and anti-Semitic, as well as sexual assault. The allegations were first published by German news magazine Der Spiegel earlier this week.

Announcing the decision on Twitter, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the offense would be “punished with all degrees of guilt”.

Initially four German soldiers were withdrawn as part of the investigation. Later, however, a platoon of German troops was withdrawn.

The troops are in Lithuania as part of NATO’s increased forward presence, a mission that trains local troops as a deterrent against Russia in a number of Eastern European countries.

“The violation of some soldiers in Lithuania is a slap in the face to all those who work in the Bundeswehr (German army) day after day to serve the security of our country,” Kramp-Karrenbauer wrote on Twitter. BBC, Thursday (17/6/2021).

He said the entire platoon would be withdrawn with “immediate effect”, and that any necessary investigations and proceedings would be carried out in Germany.

On Tuesday, Kramp-Karrenbauer said any soldier who knew about the incident but did not report it would also face punishment.

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According to Der Spiegel, the allegations were related to a party held at a hotel in Lithuania in late April.

At that time a number of German soldiers were suspected of bullying, threats of violence, filming incidents of sexual assaults against other soldiers, and singing anti-Semitic songs.

Separate allegations later emerged of sexual and racial abuse within the platoon, while soldiers reported that scores of people sang a song to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20, according to Der Spiegel.

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The German government has had to take action against alleged extremism in the armed forces at least twice in recent years.

Last year, Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer ordered the disbandment of some of the elite KSK commandos after 20 of its members were suspected of right-wing extremism.

But on Tuesday, German media quoted him as saying that the KSK would not be completely dissolved after a year of reforms.

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Meanwhile, in 2017, inspections were ordered at all German military barracks after Nazi-era memorabilia was discovered in the two barracks.

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