Mainz (dpa / lrs) - The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of the Interior Roger Lewentz (SPD) has warned of the fraying of political edges, especially the right. The corona pandemic, the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and rising prices: "My fear is that people will turn away from the state permanently radicalized and are ready to use violence," said the SPD politician at the presentation of the 2021 report for the protection of the Constitution on Monday in Mainz. "The margins are growing" and a radicalized melange is emerging.
Extremists, foreign intelligence services and their helpers have intensified efforts to undermine the constitutional order, to destabilize the political system and to unsettle the population. "Such attacks are becoming more numerous, complex and professional".
"Right-wing extremism remains one of the central challenges for the state and society," said Lewentz. Around 740 people would be assigned to this spectrum (ten more than in 2020). The group of so-called Reich citizens and self-governors has grown significantly more and is even larger. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution includes around 850 people - 150 more than in the previous year. "We are concerned about the anti-Semitism that is burgeoning again in parts of society," emphasized Lewentz.