A group of radical young Islamic State supporters are now patrolling the streets of the German city Wuppertal. The ‘sharia police’ have been observed trying to stop Muslims from drinking, smoking, or gambling as well as harassing homosexuals and admonishing women for wearing short skirts or walking in public with a member of the opposite sex.
DW Police in Wuppertal are seeking ways to stop the group of men who have been seen patrolling the area around the western city’s main train station on several evenings recently. The bearded fundamentalists have declared the sleazy nightlife area of the city of 340,000 to be a “Sharia Controlled Zone.”
The young men, who are followers of Salafism, a puritanical form of Islam, walked around the area in orange traffic safety vests with the words “Sharia police” written in English on the back. They have also been observed distributing leaflets urging people to refrain from alcohol, drugs, gambling, attending concerts, watching pornography or visiting prostitutes.
Police stopped 11 men between the ages of 19 and 33 in Wuppertal on Wednesday night and they are now being investigated to see whether charges of illegal assembly could be brought against them.
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