The German intelligence service reported on the growth of the threat of right-wing extremism

10.09.2021

The number of probable right-wing radicals in Germany in 2020 increased to 33 thousand. About 40 percent of them are violent, according to a report by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

In Germany, the threat of right-wing extremism is growing, follows from the report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution for 2020, presented on Tuesday, June 15. The number of alleged supporters of the right-wing radical scene has increased by 3.8 percent and is 33 thousand people. The German intelligence service estimates almost 40 percent of them as prone to violence or supporting it.

"Extremists and terrorists do not observe lockdowns," said secret service chief Thomas Haldenwang. Their activities in the era of work at a distance have moved to the virtual space, he explained.

A similar trend amid the COVID-19 pandemic is worrying, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. Right-wing extremism, along with anti-Semitism, is the main threat to the free and democratic public order in Germany, said the head of the German Interior Ministry. At the same time, the right-wing radicals themselves have been attacked in recent months. For example, in May in Erfurt, unknown assailants attacked the alleged representative of this scene and his pregnant girlfriend, who were in their apartment.

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