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Attacks Statistics of hate crimes in Germany in 2014-2015.

The systematic collection of data on hate crimes in Germany continues to be presented as part of statistics on politically motivated crimes, which hides the true extent of crimes motivated by race. As a consequence, racist incidents and instances of institutional discrimination become invisible in general statistics. Nevertheless, from the reports of the Ministry of the Interior of Germany, we can observe certain trends and get some important figures. Thus, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country, in 2015 there were approximately 8 981 politically motivated crimes, which is 19% more than in 2014. Of these, "xenophobic crimes" (hate crimes in the common sense) amounted to 8 518 cases (of which 8 209 crimes were committed by local right-wing radicals, 77 by foreign nationals and 232 by persons without certain political preferences).

This is a monstrous figure, considering that in 2014, 3 939 such crimes were reported. The growth was 116.25%! Of these, violent crimes amounted to 1 151 and 707 respectively. Out of 1 151 violent crimes, 20 attempts were made to kill. The number of attacks on centres for reception and accommodation of refugees increased by more than five times in 1 031 cases against 199 in 2014.

In 2015, 1 361 anti-Semitic crimes have been reported in Germany (1 589 in 2014). There were also 1 112 religiously motivated crimes (696 in 2014), which were directed primarily against Muslims. The growth of such crimes by almost 60% is most likely due to the rise of Islamophobia in the country, but the system of accounting adopted by the federal government does not allow this to be asserted with full confidence. In addition, 222 crimes were committed against members of sexual minorities (184 in 2014) and 19 crimes against persons with disabilities (26 in 2014).

As we can see, the positive dynamics in crime reduction is observed in Germany only with regard to crimes against disabled people. For all other positions, especially racially and religiously motivated, crime statistics in 2015 indicate an explosive growth. This was frankly stated at the presentation of the report on the state of crime in Germany in 2015, which was held in May 2016 in Berlin, the Minister of Internal Affairs Thomas de Mezier.

In September 2015, Kurds and Turkish minorities clashed on the streets of Frankfurt. A year earlier, on October 7, 2014, Yezidi Kurds and Muslims clashed in Hamburg and Celle. Both sides were armed with knives, brass knuckles and bats. Dozens of people were injured.

Of particular concern is the sharp positive dynamics of hate crimes, including with use of violence. It shows that the process of radicalisation is extremely quick, covering all new layers of society, and that people infected with xenophobia are increasingly ready to resort to physical violence. The overall growth rate of hate crimes was 116.25%, and the rate of violent crimes increased by 62.8%. This also shows that the government's policy towards refugees and national minorities is failing, and law enforcement agencies are not able to cope with the problem.

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