German interior ministry breaks with protocol, reports on Muslim hate crimes

OLIVER KILLIG

Policemen watch supporters of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) movement gathering on the Theatre Square in Dresden, Germany, 16 October 2016. The far-right, anti-Islam PEGIDA movement celebrated its second anniversary with a rally of several thousands in Dresden.

German interior ministry breaks with protocol, reports on Muslim hate crimes


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+

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.

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Share on LinkedIn
+