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Ranks of violent neo-Nazis go over 10,000

The Local · 18 Dec 2012, 17:04

Published: 18 Dec 2012 17:04 GMT+01:00

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The country's intelligence service in 2012 identified around 10,100 dangerous neo-Nazis, Berlin's Tagesspiegel reported. In 2011 this figure stood at 9,800 and in 2010, it was 9,500.

Accounting for a large part of Germany's violent extreme-right were members of the National Democratic Party (NDP) – who tended to be mostly young and influenced by the underground skinhead movement or the growing fascist music scene.

There were of course politically-unaffiliated, more autonomous neo-Nazis who were also linked to violent crime – often directed at the extreme left, said the Tagesspiegel.

Yet the number of people that the German intelligence earmarked as a “potential” threat went down from 22,400 to 22,100 between 2011 and 2012. In 2010, this figure was 25,000.

This dip was thought to have been linked to the German People's Union (DVB) parliamentary party losing its place in the Bundestag in 2010. While the NPD scooped up some of members left over from the flop, it too has only 6,000 people registered.

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20:45 December 18, 2012 by DieNeueRepublik
Die Bild! Der Neu Berin Hipster ;)
22:33 December 18, 2012 by DinhoPilot
I like the moustache though... LOL!
23:22 December 18, 2012 by Eric1
Any number on violent left-wing extremist?
23:30 December 18, 2012 by StoutViking

My pleasure:


And it has a flourishing annual growth too!
01:32 December 19, 2012 by Leo Strauss
The photo is the best. I can now imagine what a McDonald`s uniform would have looked like in the Third Reich had the Nazis won the war.
08:31 December 19, 2012 by DocEllis
These people need a life.

The Klans membership probably far exceeds 10,000. Add to that the other hate groups in the states and 10,000 seems like a small number. Aferall, you can get more football fans in one place at a time than this. doc
09:19 December 19, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
They must go to the very end of the 'good looks' que to recruit.
10:50 December 19, 2012 by keeps71
While I don't agree with any of their ideology - the whole point of a free society is to be able to think and say what you want. We draw the line when that encroaches on other people's freedoms. So, of course, people should be prosecuted for violent crimes or incitement to hatred and violence - but banning people from thinking and saying what they want is a mistake. Even if it's offensive to some people. Surely, it is far better to keep these people all nicely together in one organisation where the police and law enforcement can keep tabs on them rather than forcing them underground?
11:40 December 19, 2012 by wood artist
@Berlin fuer alles

They do. That's traditional. Hitler first built his minions by seeking out the social outcasts and the dregs of society. He offered them "something" where they could "belong" and feel welcome. As things moved along, he offered them power, something they could never have earned strictly on merit. They became the Blockwarts and minor officials who had all kinds of fun bossing other people around. Is the same thing with the Klan and many other similar groups.

15:43 December 19, 2012 by truth is treason
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