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Xenophobic Violence in Germany Rises by 30% in 9 Months of 2016 Compared to 2015

© AFP 2021 / Jan Woitas / dpaThe broken window of a Döner kebab restaurant is seen in a street of the Connewitz district in Leipzig on January 11, 2016
The broken window of a Döner kebab restaurant is seen in a street of the Connewitz district in Leipzig on January 11, 2016 - Sputnik International
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German Police registered 507 cases of xenophobic violence within nine months of 2016, which constitutes a rise of roughly 30 percent comparing to the entire previous year which saw 389 crimes, local media reported Saturday, citing information obtained by the Green Party from the Interior Ministry under freedom of information act.

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Despite the surge in the number of xenophobic crimes, the authorities declared only 20 right-wing extremists as "dangerous" while there are 520 registered dangerous Islamists.

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