Politician Wants Action against Hate Crimes
A left-wing lawmaker has called on the German government to do more to fight hate crimes after the interior ministry said there were 3,533 attacks on migrants and asylum seekers’ homes in Germany last year.
“Do we need people to be killed before right-wing violence is classified as a central internal security problem and put at the top of the domestic policy agenda?” demanded Ulla Jelpke, a lawmaker at Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag.
According to preliminary figures the government released on Sunday, there were 2,545 attacks on individual migrants last year and 988 attacks on housing, injuring 560 people, including 43 children. In addition, 217 refugee organizations and volunteers were attacked in 2016, in what are described as initial figures.
Ms. Jelpke, the Left party's spokesperson, told the Funke Media Group the numbers show there are nearly 10 attacks on refugees every day.
The government should “at least stop giving the impression through new tougher asylum laws that refugees are a threat,” she said. "Nazis are threatening refugees and therefore our democracy.”
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