Hundreds of neo-Nazis have ‘gone underground’ in Germany — and experts are worried they’re creating new right-wing terrorist groups

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Hundreds of neo-Nazis have ‘gone underground’ in Germany — and experts are worried they’re creating new right-wing terrorist groups

In December, according to Deutsche Welle, 600 arrest warrants for neo-Nazis were issued in Germany.
Just about 454 arrest warrants were issued in 2016, against the people categorized as ‘crime motivated by the political right’ based on police information.” Among 454 people, 92 were sought for their involvement in political inclined crimes.

According to a researcher into right-wing extremism Matthias Quent, those people have gone “underground” are increases the chances of organizing a new right-wing extremist terrorist structures. Matthias Quent was speaking to DW.

“This discourse is alarming,” Matthias Quent told DW, “when the perception ‘the state cannot continue to protect its territory or people from terrorism’ burgeons, establishment of an armed outfit or organization resorting to violence will find legitimacy.”

Far-right extremists have grown by 8 percent: German government
For many years there was a substantial decline in far-right extremists. However, in the recent time it has grown alarmingly high. According to Germany’s Interior Ministry figure released in June, 2016, the far-right extremists grew from 21,000 in 2014 to 22,600 in 2015, an eight percent growth.

The annual report from the Interior Ministry states that the “strength of right-wing extremist militancy” was witnessed in spring 2015, which has now over grown. Threats against journalists and politicians have increased substantially.

The period when the far-right extremists’ presence was recorded also coincides with the influx of asylum seekers in Germany. In October 2015, attacks on refugee centres grew. Henriette Reker, the Mayor of Cologne, who was a supporter of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “welcome-policy” toward refugees, was stabbed by an anti-immigration protester.

During his trial of the attacker Frank S, it came into the limelight that he was also active in the far-right movements and participated in a demonstration honouring Führer Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s Deputy.

Significant increment in the right-wing violence
The Interior Ministry report states that the high number of refugees entering in Germany has provoked the current right-wing extremist movements. The report highlights an “exorbitant increase in right-wing extremist violence.”

The problem is not just endemic to Germany, it is a Europe-wide phenomenon. The movement is no more an “underground movement.” In the entire EU, since World War Two, this has been a huge resurgence of far-right parties seeking grass root level support.

In the Netherlands, a Dutch court found Geert Wilders, the chief of the Party for Freedom, guilty for hate speech. In the elections that will be held in March, it is expected that he will come very close to power. In France, when the presidential elections will be held in May, it is very likely that Marine Le Pen, chief of Front National, a far-right party, will make to the second round.

Likewise, Alternative für Deutschland, an anti-immigrant party in Germany, which made huge impact in the last regional elections, is polling at around 15 percent currently.


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