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Could the Riots Happen in Germany?

As nightly clashes between immigrant youths and police continue in France, many in Germany are wondering if the same thing could happen here. DW-WORLD readers had mixed views.

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Some German politicians have warned of similar scenes here

The following comments reflect the views of our readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

I can't see the same riots happening here. The Turkish people in this country are much better behaved than the immigrant populations of other countries. They are much more like the Germans than many Germans would like to admit. -- jmg2020

All governments should take preventative steps to stop riots from spreading as I think they are going to affect other EU countries very fast. -- hare_38

The sentiments expressed apply equally to Canada, and Toronto with its growing population of unemployed West Indian and Asian youth. Gangs and gun violence is becoming the norm. Thanks to the Internet/cell phone communications, the French scene could well be organized and repeated here. All it needs is a spark! -- nicolj

I think it is wrong to think that the sort of riots experienced in France cannot happen in Germany. Not with the asylum system that Germany has been operating over years, where people on political asylum have little or no rights at all. I lived for five years as an immigrant in Berlin before moving to the United States and there was no such thing as integration in German society. If lessons are not learned from the French saga… it's just a matter of time before mayhem looms. -- terracane

Germans generally do not promote themselves as a multicultural people and society, meaning they do not promote equality for all citizens, ethnic or non-ethnic Germans. However, in France or the Netherlands there is much talk of multiculturalism and equality for all citizens. Many people of non-ethnic French origins (e.g. French citizens of African origins) clearly see that they are far from treated with equal standards and fair opportunities. Germans should understand that you do not raise expectations if you cannot deliver. However, once German society decides to promote itself as "pro-multikulti" then ethnic and non-ethnic German citizens of the Federal Republic must be treated equally. -- Atilla Iftikhar

Entitlement breeds dependence. Dependence breeds indecision and discontent when expectations are not met. So what do you think? The only thing a person is entitled to is the air he/she breathes and the intelligence to learn, survive and earn everything else. I won't say most, but many in the US feel this is the beginning of the end for Europe. -- snowc

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