Extremists from both the far-right and far-left spectrum committed more violent crimes in Berlin in 2019 than the year before, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said on Thursday.
“Violent acts attributed to the far-left in Berlin more than doubled in 2019 to 205, compared with 96 the previous year,’’ an annual report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution found.
The capital saw 150 violent crimes by right-wing extremists in the same period, up from 121 in 2018.
Crimes by leftist extremists were also on the rise in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the report found, with 112 recorded in 2019, up from 60 the year before.
More encouraging trends were recorded elsewhere in Germany, with a sharp drop in violent extremist crime in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s most populous region.
Violent crimes by leftists are over halved, from 446 in 2018 to 200 in 2019, with those committed by far-right groups down from 216 to 158.
Extremist violence was also down in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate and eastern state of Saxony, the study found.
The annual report aims to give a picture of the threat posed by German extremists.
Despite a sharp drop in new arrivals, the intelligence agency said immigration had a “high potential for mobilisation’’ in the right-wing scene, which “may entail moments of danger’’.
Earlier, Georg Maier, Interior Minister for the eastern state of Thuringia, called for more decisive action against right-wing extremism.
“Democracy is under pressure,’’ he told RBB Inforadio.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
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