Boring families permanently | TIME ONLINE

Boring families constantly

Once clan members stole jewelry and watches worth nearly a million euros, they sometimes stole a poker tournament at a hotel in the United States. luxury. Families are called, for example, Remmo, Al Zair, Miri, Abu Chaker and earn their money through drug trafficking, illegal gambling, prostitution and protection racketeers.

These large families of Arab, Kurdish, Turkish and Lebanese origin have been making headlines for months. In Berlin-Neukölln, Essen or Duisburg, hardly a night goes by without a large-scale police operation, officials search gambling halls, hookah bars and apartments in search of stolen property , drug or duty-free tobacco.

For decades only tolerated

Many of these clans fled to Germany in the 1980s before the civil war in Lebanon. Often, they came as stateless, were tolerated by the law for decades and lived without a passport or work permit. For some, organized crime has become a source of income: most of these clans have settled in Bremen, Berlin, settled in the Ruhr area and parts of Lower Saxony.

Nobody can say exactly how many members of these extended families have today and how many of them have committed crimes. There is always a lack of detailed knowledge. Yet while most people have decent jobs, others are a growing problem. The tools of those who have opted for a criminal career include blackmail, physical violence, if necessary, murder.

This makes litigation often difficult: some of these extended families have created a subculture, a parallel society, with its own understanding of values ​​and its own legal system. They live isolated, almost no one enters from the outside. Filled with ridicule and scorn, they turn to the German state, make fun of the police and justice.

Among the highlights of these clans are the ostentatious spectacle, the public presentation of silver and jewelry, PS numbers and local power. Wherever they live or work, they park as if the street belonged to them, with a preference for the second row. If a wedding is planned, the procession will sometimes block a busy intersection or even a highway.

A policy of constant small bites

So what helps against them? Counter-strategies are laborious, tedious, an endless round-trip of trials and errors. But one thing is now known: who wants to put an end to the criminal clans, must permanently put them to the body and get on their nerves permanently, they must take possession of all their assets and the honor of their family.

As the first conclusions show, a policy of constant small bites can work: for example, with endless controls on the restaurants, arcades, kiosks and hookah bars concerned – not only by the police, but also by agents the Public Order Office, Customs Inspectors and Trade. , construction and health authorities. Regular road checks, the careful distribution of nodules and the towing of poorly parked luxury sleds are also troublesome for these clans. The state must always stand up and apply the law consistently, especially for petty crimes. It must prevent lawless spaces from arising.

Who boasts of his wealth, you must put your wallet. In Berlin, the judiciary confiscated 77 properties of the Remmo family last year. The suspicion: The houses and lands were financed with crime money. Meanwhile, ownership of these properties, such as lease and rent, is withdrawn. It hurts.

It is also important to break the family ties and to build a gap between those who have chosen a criminal career and those who prefer to lead a fair life. Through telephone monitoring, we know that a growing number of wives, mothers, sisters and daughters are upset by the everlasting machismo behavior of their fathers, men, brothers and sons. Many women are tired of visiting men in prison and the police are in the bedroom early in the morning for a raid.

Girls must be born early

Also: many girls and women of these clans are much more hungry than men. They want to graduate, learn a trade, maybe study and work. Here, youth and women's centers, school authorities, youth and social authorities, health and employment offices must form a network and help them together at an early stage.

In extreme cases, the state's arsenal may also include the removal of a child from a criminal family. This is often done in Sweden or Denmark, where some of these clans have been established for a long time. In the meantime, this is also the subject of discussions in Germany, although subject to legal reservations.

For a large family that attaches great importance to close cohesion, withdrawing children would be extremely painful, but also for the affected child, who could be traumatized if he loses his parents. The withdrawal should therefore be only the last resort, the ultima ratio, after the failure of all the other less radical measures and aid.

In any case, it would not be enough for fathers or older siblings to commit crimes by profession and have already been imprisoned for doing so. The family is especially protected by the fundamental law. Removing the child from his parents can not therefore be justified by the abstract danger of growing up in a criminal environment and perhaps even a day of raiding.

According to the German legal opinion, the well-being of the child is only specifically threatened when parents fail completely in their education, for example because they ask their children to commit crimes and leave them mentally neglected. This happens in Arab clans as in German families. Therefore, even if the removal of a child occurs only in exceptional cases, the state should have this sharpest arrow of the quiver.