were recorded In victim counselling in the East German länder and Berlin in 2018, more cases of right-wing violence than in the previous year.

the Association to the consultation informed the agencies for the victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence (VBRG) in Berlin. All the Eastern German länder and Berlin, 1212 cases were registered of right-wing violence in 2018. The are around eight percent more than in 2017.

there are, however, according to the VBRG differences between the Eastern German Federal States: While in Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia, the number of right-wing attacks increased, decreased in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt. Comparable Figures for all West German Federal States it is not, due to a lack of resources in the counseling offices, said a spokesman of the VBRG.

Two-thirds of the cases go back to the VBRG-information on a racist motive. As a further Motive, the suppression of political opponent or sexual orientation and identity.

The most common injuries of the body (962 in the year 2018) were, therefore, followed by coercion and threats (more than 200). Most of the attacks, there were in Saxony (317), followed by Berlin (309) and Brandenburg (174).

The Figures in Saxony increased compared to the previous year by almost 90 attacks. The main reason for the VBRG sees the week-long riots in Chemnitz after a town festival, a 35-Year-old had been killed. A suspect, an asylum seeker from Syria, together with Iraqis, the 35-year-old German with a knife stabbing.

The Numbers of the VBRG are significantly higher than the 2017 at the Federal Ministry of the interior registered cases of right-wing hate crime Figures for 2018 are not yet available. The strong difference in the Figures resulting from the fact that the official statistics reflected only the police known exploits, said a VBRG-speaker. In addition, the Motivation of the offender would not be recognized in the case of all offences to the authorities correctly.

dpa

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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