German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019
German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019
Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa-Zentralbild/DPA/ABACAPRESS.COM
German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019

Germany saw rise in far-right and far-left crime in 2019, report says

Gov't cracks down as ideologically driven crimes soar, imposing tougher gun ownership rules and stricter monitoring of hate speech online; domestic security agency chief reports 17% increase in anti-Semitic crime

Reuters |
Published: 07.09.20 , 22:57
Criminal offenses inspired by both far-right and far-left ideas rose in Germany in 2019, an annual domestic intelligence report released by the interior ministry showed on Thursday.
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  • Chancellor Angela Merkel's government was forced to act last year on right-wing political violence after the killing of a pro-immigration politician and an attack on a synagogue and a kebab shop by an anti-Semitic gunman on Yom Kippur, which left two dead.
    German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019 German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019
    German police officers stand in front of the synagogue in Halle attacked by a heavily armed perpetrator on Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 2019
    (Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa-Zentralbild/DPA/ABACAPRESS.COM)
    The government imposed tougher rules on gun ownership and stricter monitoring of hate speech online, responding to a rise in hate crime.
    Individuals with far-right world views committed more than 22,300 offenses in 2019, the interior ministry figures showed, including two murders, five attempted murders, and almost 800 bodily injuries, a rise of almost 10%.
    גרמניה פלאואן הפגנת ימין קיצוני ניאו נאצים 1 ב מאי יום השואהגרמניה פלאואן הפגנת ימין קיצוני ניאו נאצים 1 ב מאי יום השואה
    Far-right rally in Germany
    (Photo: Getty Images)
    Thomas Haldenwang, head of the BfV domestic security agency, said anti-Semitic crime rose by 17% and 94% of the offenses ranging from bodily harm to verbal abuse and anti-Semitic propaganda were carried out by far-right sympathizers.
    Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said a rise in criminal offenses by far-right oriented individuals against foreigners and Muslims had also risen.
    "We have to remain vigilant and ready to act," said Seehofer.
    גרמניה הנאו פיגוע ימין קיצוני ב ברי נרגילה כנראה נגד מוסלמיםגרמניה הנאו פיגוע ימין קיצוני ב ברי נרגילה כנראה נגד מוסלמים
    Aftermath of February attack by far-right gunman that left eight women and man with foreign background dead in a shooting spree at Shisha bars in the western city of Hanau
    (Photo: MCT)
    Germany was also shaken this year by the killing in February of eight women and a man with foreign background in a shooting spree at Shisha bars in the western city of Hanau by a gunman espousing conspiracy theories and deeply racist views.
    The killings will appear in next year's report.
    Far-left Antifa rally in BerlinFar-left Antifa rally in Berlin
    Far-left Antifa rally in Berlin
    (Photo: AFP)
    This year's report also found that criminal offenses committed by far-left sympathizers had risen to 6,400, an increase of 40%. This included two attempted murders and 355 bodily harm offenses.
    Haldenwang said his agency also faces the challenge of monitoring Islamists determined to carry out attacks in Germany.
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