Germany saw a big jump last year in politically motivated crimes, and offenses committed by far-right supporters hit a record high, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday.
Far-right offenses were up nearly 6 percent from the previous year at 23,064, and accounted for more than half of all politically motivated crimes, the highest level since police started collecting such data in 2001.
Violent crimes classified as political in nature rose by nearly 20 percent year-on-year to 3,365 and included 11 murders and 13 attempted murders, Seehofer said.
“These numbers are very alarming mainly because a trend has been established over the last few years,” he said. “During the pandemic we observed a further polarisation of the political discussion.”
Left-wing activists try to sneak through police lines as they demonstrate against neo-Nazis last October.Getty Images
Security is emerging as a key political issue ahead of a national election in September. German intelligence fears that far-right activists are trying to