Politically motivated crime is again increasing significantly

The number of politically motivated crimes in Germany rose again significantly in 2020.

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The security authorities registered a total of 44.692 cases, said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) on Tuesday. This is an increase of 8,5 percent compared to the previous year (2019: 41.177 cases).

"These numbers are very worrying," said the CSU politician in the federal press conference. The number of right-wing extremist crimes has reached a new high since data was recorded in 2001. The number of cases rose by 5,7 percent to 23.604. In the case of extreme left crimes, there was an increase of 11,4 percent to 10.971 cases. At 34,2 percent, propaganda offenses have the largest share of registered politically motivated crime. In the PMK -legal area, they account for more than half of all criminal offenses (57,9 percent). 13,9 percent of the reported crimes are insults. Incitement to hatred accounts for 9,2 percent of all recorded crimes. Propaganda offenses, insults and sedition make up 57,3 percent of all reported crimes in the PMK area. "Extremism in all its forms remains a threat to our state and to our society," said Seehofer. One must take all legal means against it.





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