In a first for Germany’s law enforcement officials, the country’s interior ministry has released data saying that at least 950 hate crimes against Muslims or mosques took place in 2017, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper reported on March 3.
The crimes varied from physical assault to hate speech in the form of threatening letters and graffiti sprayed on mosques. According to the data, three individuals were hurt in altercations with far-right extremists, to which most of the crimes were attributed. There was one bombing of a Mosque in Dresden.
The data was released following a request by the Left Party in the German Federal Parliament or Bundestag.
The wave of far-right violence accompanies a broader surge by the political far-right, with over 90 demonstrations taking place against the so-called “Islamisation” of Germany, staged mostly by the neo-Fascist PEGIDA party.