Right-wing and antisemitic crime is increasing significantly in Germany

Rights and antisemitic crime have increased significantly in the Corona crisis. According to information from the Tagesspiegel, the police registered 9,305 crimes nationwide by neo-Nazis and other right-wingers between January and June inclusive. That is 700 more than in the first half of 2019.

In the case of antisemitic offenses, most of which are also attributed to right-wing perpetrators by the police, there was an increase of 177 offenses to 876 compared to the first six months of 2019. The information can be found in the answers of the Federal Government to regular inquiries from Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau (left) and their faction. The government’s information is available to the daily mirror.

The numbers for the first half of 2020 are likely to rise because the police usually report a lot of offenses. This also applies to the information on violent crimes, which is included in the total number of crimes.

The police recorded 390 right-wing acts of violence between January and June. One attack stands out: in February, the racist Tobias Rathjen shot and killed nine people with a migration background and his mother in Hanau. The Federal Criminal Police Office classified the attack as a right-wing crime. Except for the mother, all dead are considered victims of right-wing violence.

According to the police, at least 148 people were injured in right-wing attacks in the first half of the year. From January to June 2019, the police counted 363 right-wing violent crimes with one fatality, the murdered Kassel District President Walter L├╝bcke, and 179 injured.

In the case of violent antisemitic crime, the police registered a total of 21 crimes in the first six months of 2020, and 14 people were injured. That is almost as much as in 2019. At that time, the police counted 22 acts of violence by Jew haters in the first half of the year, and ten people were injured.

Meanwhile, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) writes in an analysis of the attack in Hanau that in the right-wing extremist scene there are “only a few comments from anonymous actors who report ruthlessly about the victims or even approve of the act”. In the majority of the articles viewed by the BfV from “identifiable and relevant commentators”, it is claimed that it is a “mentally disturbed individual perpetrator, the rampage of a madman or a weirdo who lived with his mother”.

Source: pledgetimes