The assault that took place on a train going from Sendlinger Tor station to the Munich city center terminal was originally video recorded on a mobile phone by Munich citizen Tom Roth, who uploaded it to his Facebook page.
The clip lasting less than a minute shows how several young Arab-looking men attack two elderly Germans, who moments earlier had come to the defense of a young woman harassed by the same group.
After seizing the Germans by the hands and insulting them verbally, a young attacker kicks one of the old man, then holds him by the neck from behind and threatens him. The other attackers make sure none of the passengers can interfere by creating a safe zone. The second German man is seen grappling with one of the migrants.
According to the author of the footage, Tom Roth, the incident broke out after a young woman rejected one of the migrants, who had addressed her in English and placed his hand on her back.
After being repelled, the harasser struck a window with full force to express his dissatisfaction, Roth recalled. This is when the old men asked the migrants to behave.
The man wearing a brown jacket acted aggressively, patting the head of one old man, who immediately stood up.
Other passengers tried to call the disrespectful asylum seekers to order.
Once the train arrived at the station, Tom Roth called the police, but law enforcement officers said there was nothing they could do.
The incident in Munich is a minor one in a series of conflicts between Germans and migrants who are arriving in Europe en masse. The country’s Interior Ministry said 1.1 million refugees came to Germany in 2015. In 2016, Berlin expects 1.5 million asylum seekers to arrive.
The worst assault to date on locals in Germany took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, where mass sexual harassment was reported, although similar attacks, allegedly pre-planned, took place in other German cities.
State Interior Minister Ralf Jager said more than 1,200 people fell victim to attacks on New Year’s Eve in German cities, with more than a half of them suffering sexual assaults