CAIRO - In a new attack against German Muslims, a group of police officers targeted young Muslim worshippers after finishing their tarawih prayer last week, handcuffing and beating them severely.
We asked them for their names and papers, but they gave us no information, Soufian D., one of the victims told DeutschTÃ¼rkisches Journal.
The incident dates back to last Wednesday when up to 15 Muslim youths of Turkish and Moroccan descent were subjected to excessive police force after leaving the tarawih prayer at a mosque in the city of Offenbach.
The police officers who wanted to check the identification of the young Muslims acted in an aggressive manner and beat the youth after handcuffing them.
As the police had no reason to arrest the youths, they were released.
However, the officers warned Muslim youth that worse things would happen in the case of informing media about the incident.
According to witness accounts, 13 police officers partook in the incident.
Umut K., who was near the scene and was worried about his younger brother, said that he had went to ask the police what was happening when he also received a beating, rather than an answer to his questions.
After the incident, he filed a complaint on assault charges against the police officers.
"Police were interested in escalation," he said.
Germany has Europe's second-biggest Muslim population after France, and Islam comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.
It has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.
Despite police officers warnings, the Muslim youth filed a complaint against the force which attacked them.
"We had no weapons with us... However, we were beaten and maltreated, the Muslim youths said.
As Muslims, we are seen as potential criminals. We will file criminal charges and want justice, they added.
Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.
A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.
Germany's daily Der Spiegel had warned last August that the country is becoming intolerant towards its Muslim minority.
According to a 2010 nationwide poll by the research institute Infratest-dimap, more than one third of the respondents would prefer "a Germany without Islam."
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net