Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Germany Sees Rise in Crimes with Political or Racist Motives

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Germany Sees Rise in Crimes with Political or Racist Motives

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Interior Ministry figures show an 11.2 percent overall increase of crimes carried out for political or ideological reasons across Germany.

Politically motivated violent crimes in Germany increased by nearly 18 percent in 2011, a year in which two U.S. airmen were killed by an Islamist extremist and a neo-Nazi cell identified as carrying out a series of previously unsolved murders of immigrants was uncovered.

Numbers released by the Interior Ministry on Friday showed an 11.2 percent overall increase to 30,216 of crimes carried out for political or ideological reasons across the country. More than 70 percent of the crimes involved groups on the extreme left or extreme right, and many were acts of vandalism during regional elections in several states last year.

While the circulation of illegal propaganda, which includes all printed material associated with the Nazis, remained the most common politically motivated crime, the number of racially motivated attacks grew by more than 16 percent. …

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