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Friedrich sees no threat of far-right terrorism

The Local · 24 Jul 2011, 12:52

Published: 24 Jul 2011 12:52 GMT+02:00

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Speaking to Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Friedrich said, "there are no indications at present of right-wing terrorist activities."

According to Norwegian police, seven people were killed Friday and 30 wounded in a bombing of government buildings in Oslo, while 85 were killed and 67 wounded during a shooting spree on Utoya island, northwest of the capital.

A Norwegian with reported Christian fundamentalist, anti-Muslim views is suspected in both of Friday's attacks. Friedrich said he had no known links to Germany's far-right groups.

But he warned that the Norwegian attacks "show again what dangers fanatical lone perpetrators can pose — regardless of their motives."

Friedrich also said that security had not been heightened following the attacks in Norway, but he added, "Security measures are at a very high level and are constantly being monitored."

"We should not and we will not allow our open society to be limited. That is why we trust our security services to protect our society," he said. "An efficient early warning system is essential. For that our authorities need the necessary legal powers. That's why I am glad that the anti-terrorism laws - which apply to all forms of terrorism – will remain available in the future."

Germany's far-right, represented politically by the National Democratic Party and Pro Deutschland, is currently divided and marginal.

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16:04 July 24, 2011 by catjones
By definition terror never strikes from where you think it will.
16:20 July 24, 2011 by harcourt
I bet the Norwegian Interior Minister would have said the same, one week ago !!
17:38 July 24, 2011 by DOZ
Well at least not to the extent Germany did in the 30's and 40's. Kind of hard to beat that.
23:44 July 24, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, I had 2 things to say here.

One, the Norwegian government is obviously too weak and ineffective.

They lack the vision necessary to avoid serious problems. The terrorist first blew up the federal building, and then TWO HOURS later went to an island where hundreds of kids were and shoot them to pieces for 90 minuets, before the Real Police arrived. Why was there no police protecting the kids? And why didn't the government alert all authorities after the explosion?

If you disagree with your government, then the best way to bring about change is to defeat them with votes. Violence is not the answer. Certainly there is a better way.
12:16 July 25, 2011 by michael4096
"One, the Norwegian government is obviously too weak and ineffective."

There is nothing obvious about it. Security is always a compromise. Tending towards an open society without cameras on every street corner, cops with mp5s everywhere and metal detectors to go to the toilet is actually brave and, at the moment, still appears the correct action. After all, none of these measures would have averted this tragedy. It is hard to think of any sensible measures that could have stopped Anders without the benefit of hindsight.
15:19 July 25, 2011 by oldWine
to the right people :If you love you country rather than shaving your head and thinking that foreigners are eating away /taking away your jobs and before even thinking of killing people or saying slangs to any foreigner just go to Arbeitsamt and do a proper job. You are all little cricky weeky idle bstrds ..Patriotism does not come from sky and does not make you brave when something bad is done.

Time has come for the Polizei to srch and take necessary actions against the leader/ investors business men who do financial help to these far right organisations.

And put them in hard jail.New laws should be introduced to make these people real scary.
17:23 July 25, 2011 by harcourt
michael4096 #5

I notice in your comments on two different articles about the Norwegian tragedy you refer to the gunman by his first name Anders - do you know the guy personally?
18:30 July 25, 2011 by michael4096
@harcourt - no, I don't know him personnaly - however, I find "the suspect behind the attrocity named by the police as Anders Behring Breivik" too long when "Anders" conveys the meaning just as well.

Of course, I could just say "Breivik" with just a hint of spittal & drool dripping from both sides, but there are enough lynch mobs on this site - I'll stick with the familiar reference for now
00:09 July 26, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, the highly admired Greek Philosopher Plato once said...A perfect society is but the external reflection of a harmoniously integrated soul, where appetite and desire are under the command of reason (logic).

As humans, we will evolve, only when we began to imagine greater possibilities.

A government simply can not allow hundreds of people to be on an island, with police protection. It is illogical to expect people to behave, all on their own.

There are many, many laws against many, many things, and yet people violate them often. Surely the shooter knew that his actions would violate MANY LAWS. He killed a whole lot of people, because there was no one there to stop him. And he probably knew this in advance.

"No law and enforcement=No civilization." AD
07:25 July 26, 2011 by harcourt
"No law and enforcement = No civilization"

This is a chilling equation. How many dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, past and present, had/have plenty of laws and their enforcement. However I wouldn't call them civilized.
18:18 July 26, 2011 by GFG
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18:33 July 26, 2011 by harcourt

You're absolutely right it all boils down to the fact that he is insane. A 100% nutcase, plain and simple
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