The variety of crimes dedicated by right-wing extremists in post-war Germany jumped to its highest degree ever recorded in 2020, based on official figures launched on Tuesday.
Police recorded 23,604 crimes of a far-right nature final yr, a soar of over 5 % on the earlier yr, and the best determine since data started in 2001.
“Proper-wing extremism stays the largest menace to our nation,” mentioned Inside Minister Horst Seehofer as he offered the figures at a press convention on Tuesday.
He added that right-wing violence had left a “path of blood” by Germany in recent times, citing lethal far-right crimes such because the homicide of pro-refugee politician Walter Luebcke in 2019 and the 2020 racist assault in Hanau which killed 9 folks.
The 2020 determine simply exceeds the earlier excessive of 23,555, recorded on the peak of the refugee disaster in 2016, whereas the entire variety of politically motivated crimes additionally reached a brand new all-time excessive of 44,692.
Noting that there had additionally been a pointy rise within the numbers of left-wing extremist and Islamist crimes, Seehofer mentioned the figures confirmed a “brutalisation of our society”.
“They’re unsettling, above all as a result of they present that the pattern of latest years is constant,” he mentioned.
The variety of politically motivated crimes was a “yardstick for the temper in society”, and particularly so in a yr during which “the pandemic has brought on additional polarisation”, he added.
German police have recorded “politically motivated crimes” since 2001. These categorised as right-wing extremist vary from giving a forbidden Nazi salute to murderous assaults.
The newest figures come amid rising issues in Germany over the rise of violent right-wing extremism.
A survey carried out in eight of Germany’s 16 states confirmed that three to 4 folks had been focused by right-wing extremist assaults per day, victims’ affiliation VBRG mentioned Tuesday.
The assaults primarily focused refugees, migrants and black Germans, mentioned VBRG chair Judith Porath, including that anti-Asian violence had additionally elevated for the reason that starting of the pandemic in March 2020.