BERLIN – Concerns about right extremist violence in Germany this week after a string of death threats against several politicians who support refugees in the country.
The crowds came just a few days after Walter Luebcke, a regional politician and member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, was killed flawlessly as to which investigators were described as an "execution". A suspect with ties to the far-right has been kept in storage.
Since the influx of refugees in the country in 2015, other German politicians have been targeting their immigrants, including independent Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker and conservative Altena mayor Andreas Hollstein, both of whom were stuck but survived. Shrimp and Hollstein were reportedly among the politicians who recently received new threats.
The incidents have shocked a country hoping to have overcome the worst tensions caused by refugee flood four years ago. The authorities have registered hundreds of attacks on asylum centers across the country, while the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AFD) party increased in investigations and became the largest opposition party in the current parliament.
When refugee commands have fallen, German public discourse had largely moved to focus on other issues, including climate change and more everyday debates such as the speed limit for highways.
Sunday's revelation that a very right suspect may be behind regional council leader Luebcke's death gave rise to new fears the fear of refugees coming to Germany may have gained a permanent leap into the country's ultra-right extremists.
"Almost everywhere in Europe, the threat of right-wing extremists is now considered to be equal to the threat posed by Islamists," says Peter Neumann, founder of the London International Center for Radicalization Studies. Now, adapting to a changed threat assessment, Neumann said.
Last week, officials revealed that there were nearly 500 outstanding arrest warrants for right-wing extremists, official documents listing more than 12,000 potentially violent riots in the country – a number that has increased significantly Right-extremism had long posed a threat, but Neumann said, but the rise of right-right populism has made it more urgent in recent years despite the decline of the refugee. "Right-populist parties have normalized the rhetoric used by potential extremists. By continually framing immigration as an urgent and existential threat, the rhetoric of populist parties is intended to be interpreted as a justification for violence by some individuals, "said Neumann, who urged the right of the right to reconsider his rhetoric in the threat of the threat.
has condemned violent right-wing attacks, but continues to run against immigrants.
When Hollstein, the mayor of Altena, was stopped in 2017, his attacker referred to a common theme among right-wing populists, "I myself am hungry and thirsty," he said. accused the mayor of "bringing more refugees."
The striker who seriously injured local politicians Reker of Cologne two years earlier also showed that he wanted to send a message against his pro-republican politics, according to German prosecutors at that time. remained hospitalized for weeks, was elected Mayor of Cologne one day after the attack.)
The latest The case of suspect right-wing a politician, Luebcke, triggered comparisons with the right-wing National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi terrorist trio who mostly killed migrants in Germany between 2000 and 2007. First, the authorities suspected migrants to be behind these murders, which led to accusations that German officials have become blind eye to the far right. 19659017] Public confidence in German authorities' handling of very fair cases last year, when domestic intelligence manager Hans-Georg Maassen questioned the authenticity of a video that turned out to show right-wing groups attacking refugees in the eastern German city of Chemnitz last summer.
The video – whose authenticity was confirmed by analysts – had been quoted by Merkel. The question of its authenticity was seen by her allies as an attempt to undermine the chancellor's authority. Maassen's statements caused rebellion. Some accused him of playing in right-handed hands, and he was dismissed.
In the case of Luebcke in Kassel, it took almost two weeks for the authorities to publicly discuss a possible right motive, even though his allies almost immediately pointed out their immigration position as a possible factor.
"The Luebcke case can reveal if this country has really learned from the NSU murder series," Josef Schuster, head of the Central German Council in German, told the German press office.
German authorities needed to increase their monitoring activities online to keep tabs on people who may not be officially members of Nazi groups, but susceptible to their ideology, said extremist scientist Neumann.
Germany is not the only country with right-wing extremist attacks against migrants, politicians or human rights workers. Days before Britain's referendum on whether to leave the European Union, British refugee British lawyer Jo Cox was killed by a right-wing extremist in his constituency in June 2016.
In January, the liberal mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, was killed by a supporter of the Higher National Government, which Adamowicz often criticized. It is still unclear whether the attack had a political motive.
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