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German statistics: More violence from left-wing extremists than right-wing extremists

Berlin - According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the number of politically motivated crimes rose by around 23 percent last year. While left-wing and right-wing extremist crimes fell by around seven and eight percent, respectively, the number of unattributable offenses rose by almost 150 percent compared to 2020.
Total number of politically motivated crimes. Source: BMI

Politically motivated violence increased by 15.6 percent to a total of 3,889 crimes. Here, too, the non-attributable violence increased, which grew by 144 percent to 1,444 cases.
Total number of politically motivated violent crimes Source: BMI

According to the Ministry of the Interior, a large part of the violence that cannot be classified is attributable to “crimes in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic”. They account for around a third of all cases in this area of ​​crime.

The security authorities registered an increase of almost 420 percent in penalties in connection with elections. There were a total of 10,487 crimes, almost 25 percent of which were committed by left-wing extremists and eight percent by right-wing extremists. The remaining crimes are committed by perpetrators with unknown political motivation. One reason for the significant increase is the federal elections last year and numerous state elections.

BKA boss: Parts of the population are becoming radicalized
The clearance rate fell in 2021 compared to the previous year from 43 percent to 40 percent.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) announced an intensified fight against the right: "Right-wing extremism is the greatest extremist threat to our democracy and the greatest extremist danger to people in our country. With our action plan against right-wing extremism, we have significantly tightened the pace," praised Faeser. Even with left-wing extremism there is no “all clear”.

The President of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, emphasized that the "new high and the increase in non-attributable" crimes were due to "increasing social tensions and the resulting polarization and radicalization tendencies in parts of the population".

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