Germany has seen its highest variety of politically motivated crimes in a decade in 2020, Inside Minister Horst Seehofer mentioned, calling it a “very worrying” development and including that greater than a half of them had been far-right offenses.
The variety of politically motivated crimes in Germany in 2020 has risen by greater than 8.5% compared to the earlier 12 months, Seehofer informed a press convention, citing contemporary knowledge supplied by the Federal Prison Police (BKA). The variety of such crimes in 2020 was the best during the last decade, in line with the statistics.
Though all politically motivated crimes nonetheless represent simply over 1% of all offenses dedicated in Germany, the minister nonetheless known as the numbers “very worrying” and mentioned that this upward development is “solidifying” and that the officers see a “clear tendency in the direction of brutality.”
“These numbers are very alarming primarily as a result of a development has been established over the previous couple of years,” he mentioned, including that the Covid-19 pandemic had additional contributed to the “polarization of the political dialogue.”
Greater than a half of all politically motivated crimes had been dedicated by far-right radicals, the minister mentioned, including that the police reported greater than 23,000 such offenses in 2020 – a rise of 5.7% compared to 2019 – that had been largely associated to far-right propaganda, hate speech and insults. Their quantity was nonetheless the best since 2001 when such statistics had been reported for the primary time, in line with the inside minister.
Left-wing extremist offenses, though a lot smaller in quantity than the right-wing ones, had been nonetheless rising at a sooner tempo and reached 10,971 in 2020, which is 11.39% greater than within the earlier 12 months. “Religiously motivated” crimes, together with Islamist ones, had been additionally up by 12.24% and accounted for 477 offenses in 2020, in line with the police knowledge.
“This exhibits once more that right-wing extremism is the largest risk for our nation,” Seehofer mentioned throughout the press convention whereas admitting that “extremism in all its kinds stays a risk for our society.”
Statistics on violent offenses confirmed that leftist radicals seemed to be extra aggressive all through 2020 than even the far-right ones. Out of a complete of three,365 violent politically motivated crimes, 1,526 had been attributed to far-left radicals, which is 45% greater than in 2019. Proper-wing radicals dedicated 1,092 violent crimes over the identical interval, which is 11% greater than the earlier 12 months.
These numbers embody 11 murders and 13 tried murders, Seehofer mentioned with out specifying who the perpetrators had been in every explicit case.
The variety of anti-Semitic crimes additionally rose by nearly 16% during the last 12 months, whereas the variety of xenophobic crimes directed in opposition to “foreigners” doubled, growing from 3,073 to five,298. The time period “foreigner”, which typically means any non-German citizen in German, can also be typically used to explain folks of non-European ethnic background in addition to migrants and refugees.
The police reported greater than 3,500 crimes associated to the Covid-19 pandemic, starting from “propaganda” offenses and violation of the regulation on public assemblies to bodily hurt. Most such crimes couldn’t be attributed to both left-wing or right-wing radicalism, however regulation enforcement officers mentioned they noticed a worrying tendency of odd folks teaming up with “conspiracy theorists”, anti-vaccination activists and numerous radicals.
The information come the identical day German regulation enforcement additionally introduced the arrest of a suspect who had been utilizing the acronym of a neo-Nazi gang to ship hate mail to politicians throughout a three-year marketing campaign.
Dozens of people and organizations obtained greater than 100 letters from a 53-year-old man who used the identify ‘NSU 2.0’ – a reference to an notorious neo-Nazi gang answerable for 10 murders, two bombings, and quite a few financial institution robberies between 2000 and 2007.
It’s the second 12 months in a row that German police have been ringing the alarm over the risk from the far proper. Again in Could 2020, Seehofer – along with the top of the Federal Prison Police Workplace, Holger Munch – additionally spoke a few dramatic improve in anti-Semitic and politically motivated crime, including that half of politically motivated crimes in 2019 had been related to the far proper.
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