According to the authorities, Neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists committed 21,964 offenses in Germany last year.
At a news conference in Berlin, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser presented the government’s report on politically motivated crimes.
“The far-right is the greatest challenge to our democracy and the greatest extremist threat to the people of our country,” she added, emphasizing that the latest numbers show a rise in right-wing extremist violence.
According to the research, neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists targeted migrants, refugees, and political opponents in 1,042 violent incidents last year. In the attacks, at least 590 persons were hurt.
According to Minister Faeser, “right-wing extremists attacked 41% of all victims of politically motivated violence.”
German police recorded 4,735 xenophobic incidents, 3,027 anti-Semitic, and 732 Islamophobic hate crimes in 2021, the report said.
“I have grave concerns about the massive increase in the number of anti-Semitic crimes … it’s a shame for our country,” Faeser said.