Right-wing terrorism rears its ugly head in Germany…again
By Harald Dähne in Berlin
A Higher Regional Court in Dresden, Saxony, recently sentenced eight people to prison sentences of between 4 and 10 years.
They were members of the so-called terrorist “Gruppe Freital” and committed bombing against houses of refugees and the car of a local Socialist politician.
The judge said they deserved justified the hard punishment: It was lucky no-one was seriously injured in these attacks.
But there’ve been many other attacks too.
In the beginning, local police and prosecution authority in Dresden said, the bombing was only a “joke by young boys”, not of a Nazi terrorist group. The Federal Prosecutor General had to assume the accusation was a crime of terrorists and brought it to the higher court.
Hundreds of attacks
In many places in Germany, especially in 2015 and 2016, hundred of attacks were launched against refugees and migrants.
Attacks by fire against occupied houses are often regarded by the courts as attempted murder, since in the 1990’s whole families of Turks died in flames during similar attacks.
The reaction of the State to such crime is in most cases hard.
Public sympathy for the attackers
But many people, especially in East-Germany, are sympathetic to such attacks. Hatred against refugees, migrants and Muslims has grown and become irrational over the last 3 years.
Inhumanity and racism in the midst of society is growing. Only one percent of the people living in Saxony are Muslims.
But 80 percent of the population there fear an “Islamicisation” of Germany ( In the Federal Republic as a whole about 6 percent of the inhabitants are Muslims).
This phenomenon is the same in the West and South of Germany, but on a smaller scale: in Bavaria, half of the population thinks the biggest problems for society today are migration, refugees and Islam.
The media are guilty
Press and social media run real or fake news about ‘terrible things’ allegedly caused by refugees.
For example, the indignation is intense if a young Afghan boy kills a (white) German girl with a knife. If the killer is a (white) Bavarian boy, it’s a family drama and nobody worries. Attacks against migrants are happening in West and South Germany too.
And in the background more “professional” right-wing extremists are organizing themselves to fight with guns against the Muslims and the Federal Republic sometime in the future.
There is close contact to the “Prepper”scene and the people who think, the “Deutsches Reich” from 1937 is still existing (so called “Reichsbürger”). All in all about 50.000 people are involved in these movements.
These are testing times for a modern democracy such as Germany.