Racist crimes surge in the eastern parts of Ger­many

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Racist crimes surged by al­most 40 per­cent in eastern Ger­many last year, of­fi­cial data showed Tues­day, as the coun­try pre­pared to host a record num­ber of refugees.

The data, which in­cludes at­tacks against mi­grants as well as vi­o­lence tar­geted at Ger­man cit­i­zens of for­eign ori­gin, also un­der­lined the di­vide in at­ti­tudes be­tween the east and west of the coun­try de­spite its re­uni­fi­ca­tion 25 years ago.

Although the east — which in­cludes states from the for­mer GDR as well as Ber­lin — is home to just un­der a fifth of Ger­many’s pop­u­la­tion, close to half of racially mo­ti­vated crimes were com­mit­ted there, ac­cord­ing to the in­te­rior min­istry’s writ­ten re­sponse to a ques­tion by a Green Party law­maker.

In ab­so­lute num­bers, that was 61 out of a to­tal of 130 reg­is­tered racist crimes, and a 40-per­cent jump from a year ago.

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