Number of politically motivated crimes at an all-time high

In the past year, more crimes with a political background were committed in Germany than in the past 20 years. According to preliminary data from the Federal Criminal Police Office, the number of politically motivated crimes in 2021 rose by almost six percent compared to the previous year to a total of 47,303 crimes, as can be seen from a response from the federal government to a written question by AfD MP Martin Hess.

This means that politically motivated crime has reached its highest level since the annual statistics were introduced in 2001. Due to possible late reports – for the government’s answer a query was made on January 5th – the number could end up being even higher.

The reasons for this increase are politically motivated crimes which, from the point of view of the police, cannot be assigned to either the left or the right spectrum. According to the security authorities, the heated social climate in the corona pandemic plays a key role here. In the previous year, almost 60 percent of all politically motivated crimes committed in connection with the pandemic were reported by the federal states as “not attributable”.

“The high number of politically motivated crimes, which has risen again, is cause for concern,” says FDP domestic politician Linda Teuteberg. She says: “The free constitutional state must not be blind in any eyes and the open society must not be intimidated by anyone. There is no ethical superiority to any variant of violent extremism.”

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According to the information, the majority of crimes recorded in 2021, as in the previous year, were right-wing motivated. The preliminary statistics show more than 19,000 crimes by suspects from the right spectrum. More than 17,000 criminal offenses could not be assigned ideologically to the police. In the case of around 9,000 criminal offenses in the past year, the police assume a left-wing political motivation.

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