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Opt-out scheme for left-wing extremists planned

The Local · 4 Jul 2010, 11:37

Published: 04 Jul 2010 11:37 GMT+02:00

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According to a report in news magazine Focus, the Interior Ministry has written a strategy paper proposing that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or Verfassungsschutz, widen its help programme for right-wing radicals to "include left-wing radicals and Islamist extremists."

The scheme, which has been trying to rehabilitate right-wing radicals since 2001, includes a hotline, which will be set up in the autumn.

The programme for the Islamist scene is to be called "Hatif", an abbreviation for "out of terrorism and Islamist fanaticism," and will be implemented soon. Hatif also is Arabic for telephone.

Crime statistics indicate that left-wing violence is gaining ground in Germany, especially in larger cities like Berlin and Hamburg, and there have been growing calls from conservative politicians to treat it as a threat as big as right-wing extremism.

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20:05 July 4, 2010 by swoki
Feature picture fail.
20:41 July 4, 2010 by strahlungsamt
HA HA! Epic Fail!

Right wingers are simply racists.

Islamic terrorists are pissed off from years of discrimination.

Left wingers, however, are pissed-off kids with no jobs, no prospects with ever shrinking sozialhilfe (Hartz IV). Maybe they should try bringing ACTUAL JOBS to Berlin and Hamburg so these kids can get back to work and be productive again.

And while they're at it, stop whining about an aging workforce. THERE'S NO WORK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE!!!

Signed: An aging Liberal Hippie.
00:23 July 5, 2010 by William Thirteen
how bout an exit plan for we extremists of ennui?
07:04 July 5, 2010 by wenddiver
Let the Police shoot the extremists. It may seem extreme, but that is appropriate for extremists.
09:35 July 5, 2010 by Schroedinger99

"Let the Police shoot the extremists"

Yep, that worked out really well last time around.

Benno Ohnesorg, RAF, anyone??
11:27 July 5, 2010 by renton66

you sound like an aging hippie.

'Maybe they should try bringing ACTUAL JOBS to Berlin and Hamburg so these kids can get back to work and be productive again.'

isn't this kind of the problem though? a sense of youth entitlement? if there are no jobs in your city ... MOVE. find another place to call home until things get better where you want to be.

if you're not willing to make the effort, then shut the f*ck up.

signed: someone who has been busting his ass in the workforce since graduating 'uni'.
02:15 July 6, 2010 by wenddiver

It worked for me, I don't miss the Baeder-Meinhoff gang or the Nazis and shooting them is cheaper than prison and more fun to read about in the newspaper. It also gives the police something to do. I vote for shooting extremists.
12:28 July 6, 2010 by Schroedinger99

Leaving aside the small matter that I find you views morally abhorrent...

I think you are rather missing my point.

When the police shot the "extremist" demonstrator Benno Ohnesorg this led to a whole generation (or more) or real extremists. Each time one of them was shot by the police, more recruits came forward. The balance of fatal shootings between the authorities and RAF was, in the end, very much in RAF's favour.

I could make very similar observations about Northern Ireland and the IRA following the fatal shootings of 14 "extremist" demonstrators on "Bloody Sunday".

In short, the evidence would not seem to support your contention that shooting people is a good way to prevent extremism.
12:34 July 7, 2010 by scout1067

Perhaps the problem is they did not shoot enough of them?

You never know, "a whiff of grapeshot" worked just fine for Napoleon and the Directory.
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