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Friedrich warns of political violence

The Local · 1 Jul 2011, 16:00

Published: 01 Jul 2011 09:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Jul 2011 16:00 GMT+02:00

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The comments came as Friedrich presented an annual report by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which is the country's domestic intelligence agency the Verfassungsschutz.

“We have the danger of a spiral of violence,” he said, saying pointing to a sharp increase in crime by leftist extremists in the first quarter of 2011.

Friedrich said radical Islam also severely threatened Germany’s security, despite the recent killing of Osama bin Laden.

German officials have recently expressed particular concern about Salafist Islam following the killing of two American soldiers at Frankfurt’s airport by a man who allegedly had contacts with Salafists.

The issue of left and right-wing extremism has also been in the spotlight recently after the two sides engaged in a series of tit-for-tat attacks in Berlin in recent weeks.

The escalating violence has included assaults on high-ranking members of the extreme rightwing National Democratic Party (NPD) and arson attacks on leftist premises.

Though right-wing extremist violence declined nationwide overall last year, it increased slightly in eastern German states.

Friedrich said despite fears, the fusion of the NPD with another extremist party called the DVU, this had not led to a strengthening of the far-right.

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The report also mentioned concerns with anti-Semitism among some fringe elements of the more mainstream socialist party The Left.

In April, an anti-Semitic flyer was discovered on a website operated by a regional chapter of the party in Duisburg.

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11:15 July 1, 2011 by hOU
"Civic education" ?!

Stroll on ...

I think a tad more attention to the hard & sorry actuality of German history wouldn't go amiss ...
18:19 July 1, 2011 by Englishted
As the gap between rich and poor grows so does political violence.

If you address the first the second will decrease except for external threats which must be dealt with differently.
19:52 July 1, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
...just matter of time until the German 1933 DNA kicks in
10:40 July 4, 2011 by Domdeone
In reply to Jerr-Berlin.. well the european history of repeating itself is here.. Germany was given the squeeze after theVersaille Treaty, well done Georges Clemancau & the then banking system.. Germany was strong enough to stand up to this & did! AH & National Socialism was the effect of- not the cause of the conflict! Look at europe now; one country after another penniless with civil unrest abound, mass immigration, mass unemployment; biggest strikes forecast in Britain since the big one back in the 30s, the Arab Spring changing the face of the middle east.. maybe America will fund another conflict, our cursed Tony Blair has done his best in war mongering & causing social division in Britain & that damned incompetent or devious Gordon Brown has brought Britain onto her knees!
17:24 July 5, 2011 by Englishted

Blair promised education,education,education.

You must have missed it .

"Britain since the big one back in the 30s,"

I think you mean the general strike?

That was 4 May 1926 to 13 May 1926, lets hope the new one bring down the tories.

"Workers of the world unite you have nothing to lose but your chains."
01:20 July 6, 2011 by MJMH
Hey Jerr-Berlin

Whats the excuse in Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and Italy. The true blame is multiculturalism and mass immigration, which of course are just other words for cheap labor.
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