The coronavirus pandemic has seen a rise in right-wing extremism in Germany, which has grown online and capitalized on protests against coronavirus restrictions, the country’s interior minister said on Tuesday.
At a press conference, Horst Seehofer presented a report for 2020 by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) putting the number of right-wing extremists who were prepared to use violence at 33,300.
The data shows that this ideology, as well as antisemitism, is a threat to Germany’s security, said Seehofer, who explained that the increase has been worsened by the pandemic.
Seehofer said the far-right crimes last year increased by 5%, while violent ones rose by 10%. He also referred to the worst of these attacks, when at least nine people with immigrant backgrounds were murdered in the western city of Hanau in February 2020.