Secular activist and refugee Amed Sherwan assaulted in city center amidst a crowd

As he came out of his house, secular activist Amed Sherwan was assaulted, in broad daylight, in the presence of numerous people, in the center of Flensburg.

Amed Sherwan
Sep 01, 2019
Also Known As:
Ahmad, Ahmed Sherwan
Accused of:
Blogger, activist

Amed Sherwan, who previously fled his home country of Iraq for his own safety as an atheist, became the victim of a public attack even after receiving asylum. In the middle of Flensburg with numerous witnesses, Amed’s assailant struck him in the head and feet just as Amed was exiting a house, proceeding then to beat and kick Amed while he was down. Fortunately, authorities and medical assistance were called for promptly, and Amed survived.

"I want to wake people up and make them think. Sometimes I have to go where it hurts. Unfortunately, such actions are not completely harmless here in Germany either. But I wouldn’t have thought it would escalate like this. The perpetrator was obviously looking for an excuse to attack me. That frightens me." - Amed Sherwan

Apparently, Amed had met his attacker two days prior at a festival in Flensburg. Having evidently recognized Amed from pictures or videos online, he immediately insulted him, and later, when Amed was taking pictures with his phone, his future attacker accused Amed of taking pictures of his wife, explicitly threatening him. Obviously, the threat was serious, but fortunately largely unproductive.

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