German parents attacked as they protest early sexualization of children
HAMBURG, Germany, January 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A peaceful demonstration in Hamburg on Saturday by parents who are opposed to graphic sex education in German primary schools turned violent when they were pelted with bottles, firecrackers, and snowballs by counter-demonstrators.
The Besorgte Eltern (Concerned Parents) group held the rally to voice their opposition to compulsory sex education that they claim begins the inappropriate sexualization of their children starting in day-care centers and continuing through kindergarten, primary, and secondary schooling.
"We go to the street because we care about our children, who are confronted too early with sexual issues," Matthias Ebert of Besorgte Eltern told the Hamburger Morgenpost.
About 150 parents holding placards with slogans such as “Stay away from our children,” “Kindergarten is not a swingers club,” and "Let our children be children" were attacked by what Russian news service RT Novosti described as "a colorful crowd, from sexual minorities carrying rainbow flags and hand-painted signs celebrating diversity and tolerance, to radical left-wingers and anarchists."
When the counter-demonstrators, who reportedly outnumbered the parents by 4 to 1, blocked the march route and attacked the group, police were called in to separate the attackers form the peaceful parents.
According to German media and the Besorgte Eltern website, a 15-year-old girl was sent to hospital with head lacerations as a result of what a police spokesman called "the highly aggressive appearance of the counter-demonstrators."
A member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party lodged a complaint in the Hamburg Parliament following the incident, condemning the violence as both against democratic values, and punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment.
"Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are fundamental democratic values that are non-negotiable for peaceful coexistence," said the CDU's domestic policy spokesman Kai Voet van Vormizeele on Tuesday.
"The peaceful rally at City Hall Marketplace was disturbed by violent individuals who attacked participants. Thus an offence under Section 21 of the Assembly Act has been committed. The Senate must therefore do everything possible to protect the fundamental right to freedom of assembly and pull the perpetrators to justice," Voet van Vormizeele said.
"Even if one considers that the objectives of a demonstration are unreasonable and wrong, it is not permissible to suppress democratic demonstrations by violence and disorder," he said. "The right to one's own freedom of expression is first and foremost the duty to respect the opinions of others. Violence against people or property is not acceptable in this context. Therefore, today I made a complaint against unknown persons for acts of violence and disruption of the demonstration by Besorgte Eltern."
Previous peaceful demonstrations by parents concerned about pro-homosexual “sexual diversity” curricula in their schools and the early sexualization of their children have ended in violent attacks by homosexual activists.
Last March, parents at rallies in Baden-Württemberg and Cologne were attacked by activists who hurled excrement and destroyed property.
"Protesters were physically attacked and it was felt that the police failed to protect the parents’ basic right of assembly," said a statement from the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians describing the incidents.
According to eyewitnesses, said the Observatory, "Christian parents were shouted at with obscenities.”
"They were spit at, eggs were thrown, and little bags with feces or color. Cables of loud speakers were torn out,” the eyewitnesses said. “Pages were ripped out of the bible and used to wipe backsides, then formed into a ball and thrown at the parents.”
Besorgte Eltern has demonstrations planned for various cities throughout 2015. Further information is available here.