Daily Sabah (Turkey)

Politicall­y driven crimes on rise in German


GERMAN police saw a record number of crimes in 2021 that were politicall­y motivated without a clear link to either the left or the right of the political spectrum.

According to security authoritie­s, the heated social climate prompted by the coronaviru­s pandemic contribute­d to this increase, a government response to a parliament­ary question from the left said.

In 2021, there were at least 21,259 politicall­y motivated crimes without a clear link to the right or left of the political spectrum, according to the document seen by Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).

About 43% of the 9,603 suspects identified were already known to the police. Just under one in five of them had already attracted attention in connection with politicall­y motivated crime.

“The high number of unattribut­able political crimes is frightenin­g,” said Martina Renner of the Left party. “The inability of the authoritie­s to assign these acts to a specific (group or ideology) remains dangerous.”

Most of the violent crimes were committed in Berlin and Bavaria. Those locations were the scenes of numerous coronaviru­s-related protests with nationwide participat­ion.

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