Number of politically motivated crimes reaches record high

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In 2021, the number of politically motivated crimes in Germany rose sharply. (Archive image) © Daniel Vogl/dpa

The number of politically motivated crimes rose sharply in 2021. The corona pandemic also plays an important role in this.

Berlin – Last 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.

Pandemic plays a central role

The reasons for this increase are politically motivated crimes that 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.

According to preliminary statistics, the police recorded a slight decline of around six percent in violent crimes with a political background. However, here too the high number of violent crimes committed by suspects who do not belong to any particular political spectrum is striking. According to the information, 1,047 violent crimes were committed last year by suspects who were not identified by the police as right-wing, left-wing, Islamists or supporters of a foreign ideology – this includes, for example, the world view of the Kurdish PKK. dpa

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