Combating Extremism

Police: Monitor Right-Wing Groups

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Anti-refugee Pegida rally in Dresden on Monday.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Calls for Germany’s intelligence agencies to monitor the AfD point to fears of growing support for the far-right.

  • Facts


    • The right-wing AfD is moving to the right after a split with its euroskeptic founders.
    • Up to 20,000 people attended Pegida’s one-year anniversary rally on Monday.
    • A police report warns that the far-right could target refugees and those who help them.
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The growing aggression of Germany’s anti-immigrant right is alarming Germany’s law enforcement community to such an extent that they are calling for the country’s intelligence agency to put them under surveillance.

The resurgent Islamophobic Pegida movement and the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD) are increasingly seeking to profit from concern about the influx of asylum seekers, with Germany expected to take in up to 1 million people fleeing war and poverty this year.

Now there are growing calls from police representatives for the domestic intelligence agency to monitor not only Pegida but also the AfD.

“The fact that they are still able to largely operate just below the level of proven anti-constitutional behavior makes them particularly dangerous,” Andy Neumann, the head of German criminal police association, the BDK, told Handelsblatt. He called for the intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, to officially monitor the party.

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