Rightist Violence and Xenophobia Escalate in Germany

Since the fall of the Berlin wall ten years ago, Germany has suffered from rightist violence, and more recently, attacks against immigrants have increased. On July 27th Neo-nazi skinheads bombed Dusseldorf, wounding nine immigrants. The most violence incident occurred in the eastern town of Eisenach, where Neo-Nazis attacked African asylum seekers. In the last decade, over 100 people have been killed in Germany as a result of xenophobic assaults. According to a New York Times report, the violence is partly due to high unemployment in eastern Berlin and the reluctance of Germans to adopt multiculturalism. The relatively new concept of a multicultural Germany is a policy priority of the government, which is attempting to make the country a “land of immigration.”


New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) 2 August 2

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