The counselling centres for victims of right-wing violence have registered a rise in acts of violence in the East of Germany. In comparison to the previous year, the number of the initiatives covered right violence rose last year to a total of about eight percent, such as the Association of Advisory centres (VBRG) on Tuesday in Berlin said.

In Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, there was, therefore, 1212 attacks, right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic. Thus, at least five people have grown up in East Germany daily victims of right-wing violence. Under the 1789 directly Affected were also more than 250 children and young people.

Two-thirds of all attacks – 793 cases were racially motivated, and would have been directed in large part against refugees, immigrants and black Germans, it was said. Another large group of victims of right-wing violence were allegedly political opponents. Here, there were 188 cases.

Most of the attacks in section in Berlin

In Berlin, there was reported to be 8.6 per attacks per 100,000 inhabitants, in Saxony, 7.8, and in Thuringia to 7.5 attacks per 100,000 inhabitants In Brandenburg, seven attacks per 100,000 inhabitants accounted for, in Saxony-Anhalt, and 6.9. in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, there were six attacks per 100,000 inhabitants.

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“For 2019, we fear an increase in right-wing violence, particularly in the context of the state election battles in the state of Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia,” said Robert Kusche from the VBRG.

The Association criticized at the same time, the statistical detection of right-wing crime by the Federal criminal police office as insufficient. In 2017, the BKA have established for the entire Federal territory only 821 of the rights of hate violence, while the victims had the advice documented in the Eastern German länder and Berlin in the same year, 1123 rights attacks.

“Official Figures are only the” bright field “”

The official Figures do not refer to data from the Association only on the East, because there is a coverage by appropriate organisations in the West.

“The official Figures give only the bright field of the displayed and correctly classified deeds,” said the Director of the Institute for democracy and civil society in Jena, Germany, Matthias Quent. “This is only a small part of the true threat of right-wing violence.”

the difference between The Numbers should be examined, “to bias-motivated hate crime and organized law to assess, terrorism more realistic and combat effective”. This also applies to fatal offences. During victim counseling centers of at least 183 fatalities of right-wing violence since 1990, went out, acknowledge the Federal Ministry of the interior only 84 deaths.

fin / AFP

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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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