Racist attack in Germany, man from West Africa in critical condition

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The police arrested twelve suspects. The three African men were attacked at around 3 a.m. on a night from Friday to Saturday in a residential area in the southeast of the city, at a place known as a meeting place for right-wing extremist groups.

Weapons

It is not known whether the perpetrators used weapons in their attack. According to German media, members and sympathizers of right-wing extremist parties regularly meet in the building.

One of the victims was seriously injured.

Not the first attack

According to politician Katharina K├Ânig-Preuss, left parliamentarian, neo-Nazis in Erfurt are increasingly being heard. It was the second massive neo-Nazi attack in Erfurt, the capital of the German state of Thuringia, within weeks.

The far-right micro-party Der III. Gone is active there. According to Preuss, that party offers martial arts training to militant neo-Nazis, but also to children.

Protests

“As we’ve seen again this weekend, the goal is to injure people and create an atmosphere of fear,” she told German media.

Yesterday, hundreds of people took to the streets in the German state to protest right-wing extremism and recent attacks.

Extremely right

There are about 25,000 right-wing extremists in Germany, according to a report published last year by the German government. The hard core, consisting of about 13,000 neo-Nazis, is prepared to use violence.

“The extreme right has always been present in Germany, but you can now see a clear increase in violent incidents,” correspondent Jeroen Akkermans said earlier.

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