Neo-Nazi thugs young and uneducated

Neo-Nazi delinquents are mostly young people with low levels of educational achievement, a new report shows.

The study, from the Berlin office for the protection of the constitution, said most attacks were not planned. Ehrhart Körting (SPD), Berlin senator for the interior, presented the study on Thursday:

“The avoidance of rightwing violence and the development of preventative and intervening measures remains a task for all of society,” Ehrhart told the Berliner Zeitung.

The study included 300 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who have committed violent crimes with far-right associations.

The researchers focused on the sequence of events involved in the crimes, the location of the crimes and other distinctive features of the crimes and the people who committed them such as where the delinquents lived, their age, their education and criminal record.

Most crimes committed by rightwing extremists are carried out near where the delinquents live and usually take place where groups of neo-Nazi youth meet. This study was a follow-up of previous studies on rightwing violence conducted in 1998 and 2003.