Crime report finds sharp uptick in anti-refugee attacks by far-right extremists in Germany
- German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere reported a 35% increase in politically-motivated crimes by the far-right in 2015, the largest increase since the beginning of record-keeping in 2001.
- More than 1,000 attacks on refugee shelters were reported, a more than five-fold increase over the previous year.
- Overall, some 39,000 politically motivated crimes were reported in 2015, including a 31% increase in violent crimes.
“Germany registers surge in crimes by right-wing radicals” (Reuters)
“Germany: right-wing violence rose over 40 percent last year” (AP via U.S. News & World Report)
“German Crime Figures May Raise Voter Security Fears” (The Wall Street Journal)
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