Far-right hate crimes on the rise in Germany

During the first half of 2019, German authorities registered 8,605 far-right hate crimes. That was 900 more than in the first half of 2018.

In the first half of 2019, the authorities registered 8,605 extreme right-wing crimes in Germany. These included 363 acts of violence. A total of 179 people were injured, according the Federal Government in response to a parliamentary question by Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau (of the Left party).

Compared to the first half of 2018, according to the daily newspaper “Tagesspiegel”, crimes committed by the right-wing increased by more than 900, but the number of acts of violence remained almost the same.

Curiously, the alleged right-wing motivated murder of the Kassel regional president Walter Lübcke (CDU) does not appear in the police statistics, reported the “Tagesspiegel”. Lübcke was allegedly shot dead on 2 June by the neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst. He admitted the crime to the police but later withdrew the confession. This has led analysts to assume that the actual number of hate crimes could be higher as some are not categorised as such by the police. 

Austin Ohaegbu

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