Within just a few years, the number of right-wing extremists whom the police believe to be capable of serious violent crimes has multiplied. The number of Islamist threats, on the other hand, has decreased - albeit at a very high level.
The police nationwide have more and more right-wing threats on their screens. In the left-wing extremist scene, too, the number of people whom the security authorities believe to be capable of serious, politically motivated crimes is increasing - albeit at a significantly lower level. This emerges from a response from the federal government to a request from the AfD parliamentary group.
In the case of potentially dangerous Islamists, the police have noticed a decline again this year, but it is still high at 531 Islamist threats. As the federal government goes on to explain in its response, which is available to the DPA, the police counted a total of 81 right-wing extremists at the beginning of June. That is an increase of around 17 percent compared to June 2021. Eleven years ago, when the terrorist neo-Nazi group NSU (National Socialist Underground) was blown up, only four right-wing extremists were classified as dangerous. The request was initiated by AfD domestic politician Martin Hess.
A continuous increase can also be observed among left-wing extremists classified as dangerous, although there are far fewer of them. While six people still fell into this category at the beginning of 2021, by June last year the police had already had nine left-wing threats in their sights. In the meantime, the number of threats in the area of left-wing, politically motivated crime is twelve.
The police describe people as dangerous who they believe are capable of serious, politically motivated acts of violence - including terrorist attacks.