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Minister: neo-Nazi violence up in 2012

The Local · 24 Mar 2013, 09:50

Published: 24 Mar 2013 09:50 GMT+01:00

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“There's a potential for violence among neo-Nazis which we cannot underestimate,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper on Sunday.

“Our preliminary results [for 2012] show a rise of around four percent in politically motivated far-right crimes, up to around 17,600,” said Friedrich. Of those, the number of far-right violent crimes was up two percent on the previous year, he added.

“There's a slight upward trend with politically motivated far-right crimes and violent acts,” he said.

The German government has in the past been accused of downplaying far-right violence. Official police statistics record 63 murders by far-right extremists since 1990, but research published last week by Der Tagesspiegel and Die Zeit newspapers suggests the number could be over double that, at 152.

The papers said far-right motivated violent crimes were often not recorded as such by courts and police. Friedrich said on Sunday he would re-address the issue of classifying what constituted far-right violence when he next met with the interior ministers of the German states.

However, despite the growing threat of far-right violence, the interior minister repeated his opposition to banning the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).

Friedrich, along with the rest of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet, agreed this week that the ruling coalition would not support the latest motion to ban the far-right NPD, led by the German states in the Bundesrat upper house of parliament.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble also voiced opposition to a NPD ban on Sunday, and said the move would have the opposite from the desired effect.

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“We run the risk of creating a problem which at the moment solves itself [without intervention],” Schäuble told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. In normal times in Germany, he said, right-wing extremists usually shot themselves in the foot.

Schäuble said he doubted whether a party in general could be classified as unconstitutional – the legal basis of the move to ban the NPD - and whether a ban could be successfully enforced.

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Your comments about this article

10:54 March 24, 2013 by auslanderus
If people will not realize the problem that the NPD is to public, then the public can't complain. If the an NPD person is guilty of a crime, take away any support given to him from the goverment, monies, and such. When one realizes that when they commit a crime, they will have to suffer for what they did and not given everything free. you see them standing around in there "clubs" drinking beer and smoking. No monies, no beer and smokes. Maybe then they will find a job to support there habbit. Or send then to Russia or Iran where they may feel better.
11:23 March 24, 2013 by chicagolive
While I understand your basic point, the real factor is alot of NPD members or followers are not just some lowly street bums, it has some out through the years that their are alot of upper level people in them also. Banning them will not make them disappear it will only grow them exponentially. The problem Germany has is their is no national pride in country and the only organization that says hey be proud you are German is the one that you don't want to. I don't see any alternatives for the youth to look at if you fly a Germany flag you get quickly deemed a nationalist and bad. I wish you would go to France, Italy, England, the US, Brazil, Spain, Poland, Turkey and tell these people that being proud of your home is a shame they would run you out the country. German youth have no identity this is why they have so many issues.
11:46 March 24, 2013 by liondens
If a few dozens of them are willing to put their lives on the line, for what they believe, then Germany will be in a hell of a mess, let alone banning anything. All they wat is a fair chance to have a voice, just like everybody else. But if you don't give, they'll take, the old fashion way! Understand that fools?
13:24 March 24, 2013 by Brint
It's not only Germany, we are seeing a rise of extremism across Europe, IMV for no other reason than the postwar ideology of the combination of never ending and unlimited economic growth, coupled to a virtually open door immigration and third world asylum Ponzi scheme, which is now beginning to come apart at the seams.
20:41 March 24, 2013 by Leo Strauss
Nazi + Zionist + Islamist + Bankster + GLADIO = ?

I leave it with you, my dear Local Readers. :)
23:17 March 24, 2013 by Bigfoot76
Man, I really wish I could find Kraft Ranch Dressing in Munich.
09:27 March 25, 2013 by lpobryan
I was shocked to read the news that the German government pays money to the NPD, because they achieved a small percentage of the vote.

I am also shocked to read the comments suggesting the NPD is a German nationalist organisation. This masking of the anti-foreigner and racist ideology brings shame on all those paying to allow it to grow and supporting it in any way.

Has the German state and it's people lost it's memory? Anything related to or supporting racism in any form should be banned and fought against. You risk too much stoking up these hatreds again.
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