By BI: The busload of Muslim invaders sent on a seven-hour journey to Angela Merkel‘s office by a Bavarian governor in protest over the influx of refugees have been sent straight back to him.
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UK Daily Mail The Syrians were put on a coach yesterday in the southeastern town of Landshut and transported 340 miles to the German capital in an ‘act of desperation’ by Peter Dreier who warned the Chancellor: ‘We can’t manage’. The bus, carrying 31 Muslims, arrived shortly after 6pm (5pm GMT) in front of Merkel’s chancellery in the centre of Berlin.
Several police officers shielded the refugees from reporters as officials asked them to board another bus waiting nearby that was to take them to local shelters.
However, the refugees refused to leave the bus and after a two-hour wait in front of the chancellery, the coach left for an overnight accommodation. This morning, they made their way back to Bavaria from a hotel in Hohen Neuendorf on the northern outskirts of Berlin, it was reported by Die Welt.
It came as Merkel’s predecessor also criticised her handling of the migrant crisis, but backed her stance that Germany can’t set a cap on the number of asylum-seekers it takes.
Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who led Germany from 1998 to 2005, told Friday’s edition of the Handelsblatt daily that Merkel had ‘a lot of heart but no plan’ when she opened the borders to migrants last fall.
He said that Merkel’s mistake ‘was to allow an exception to turn into a new normality — an unlimited influx.’ Germany registered nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year.
Some conservatives are pushing for a cap, but the centre-left Schroeder backed Merkel’s position that that can’t be done and there has to be an agreement to distribute refugees within the European Union.
In making his protest yesterday, Dreier appeared to be acting on a threat he made to Merkel last year. Critical of her stance that Germany can cope with the influx of migrants, he is said to have issued a warning to the chancellor in a phone call in October.
And in an apparent victory for the Bavarian governor, the refugees were allowed to stay in Berlin and not in Bavaria – at least for last night. But while the media and police stood around the bus, Berlin city officials inside were seen negotiating with the Bavarians as Syrians looked on with worried faces, glancing nervously at the TV cameras outside.
After two hours, Dreier said he had agreed to personally pay for the refugees’ first night in a Berlin hotel, stressing that the bus had also been laid on by ‘a private person’, not with taxpayers money. He said some of the refugees wanted to later take a look at available Berlin accommodation, others had asked to travel on to another city, Hamburg, and whoever wanted to could return to Landshut.
The head of German refugee support group Pro Asyl, Guenther Burkhardt, criticised the refugee road trip, saying ‘people are being exploited for the sake of media footage’. ‘This doesn’t solve the problems… this is a stunt that misuses the plight of refugees to send the message ‘we want to close the borders’,’ he said.
Merkel has been praised for opening Germany’s doors to those fleeing war and misery, but has also weathered harsh criticism, especially from Bavaria state, the main gateway for arriving refugees and migrants.
Dreier said: ‘There is no end in sight to the wave of refugees and our country’s ability to house them in a dignified way is deteriorating rapidly. And I don’t see new apartments being built for the immigrants.’