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German Police find right-wing extremists' list of 25 000 "enemies"

8.8.2018 6:01
In the eastern German community of Ostritz a two-day festival was held on 20 and 21 April 2018 at which neo-Nazis from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland celebrated the birthday of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (PHOTO:  ČTK)
In the eastern German community of Ostritz a two-day festival was held on 20 and 21 April 2018 at which neo-Nazis from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland celebrated the birthday of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (PHOTO: ČTK)

Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) reported last week that the German Police found a list with the names of 25 000 persons considered political enemies by right-wing extremists during an anti-terrorist raid in the northeast of the country last year. The news was revealed in a response given by the German Justice Ministry to a query posed by an MP in the Federal Assembly.

It is not clear whether any actual danger is posed to the people on the list whose names and addresses were found by officers in a home they raided in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Right-wing extremists were planning to kill the people on the list in the event of a crisis, DPA reported.

How developed or realistic such plans had become was also not clear. Similar lists have been found before during raids on right-wing extremists.

The National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorists who murdered 10 people in Germany, most of them immigrants, from 2000 to 2007, also had an address list of 10 000 political enemies. The German soldier Franco A., who has been indicted for planning a terrorist attack so as to make it seem a refugee was the perpetrator, and who fraudulently registered at the end of 2015 as a refugee from Syria for that purpose, had a list of 32 politicians in his possession whom, according to the indictment he now faces, he was planning to attack because, in his view, they were doing too much to benefit refugees.

According to the information from the Justice Ministry, none of the persons on the list of 25 000 found last year were ever informed that they had ended up in the extremists' address book. German MP Martina Renner (Die Linke), whose query prompted the Justice Ministry to release the information, criticized the ministry for not contacting those on the list to warn them.

The Federal Government, in Renner's view, is ignoring the danger coming from the ultra-right scene. "There is no other explanation for why the Federal Crime Bureau did not inform at least some of the several tens of thousands of people affected by this and preferred to stay quiet," Renner said.

The German Journalists' Union (DJV) called on the criminal justice authorities to inform them as soon as possible whether journalists were also on the list. "Right-wing extremists establishing files on those who protect democracy is not just some hobby like stamp collecting," the union's statement said.

ČTK, agw, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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