Weeks after a local politician died in what authorities described as an "execution," the German interior minister said "far-right extremists" were spreading across the country, and warned that they as dangerous as Islamist groups, RT.com writes.
Patriotic germans are on equal footing with Islamist radicals and other violent groups, Horst Seehofer told German media. The far-right "have become a real threat for our society," which means that the government should hit back and "do everything to ramp up security."
Seehofer, a longtime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, was speaking roughly three weeks after Walter Luebcke, a mid-level government official, died of a gunshot wound at his home in the eastern city of Kassel.
Shortly afterwards, police had arrested a 45-year-old suspect who had committed numerous offences in past decades, including an assault on a hostel for nonwhite invaders back in 1993.
Luebcke’s case turned out to have a political aspect as he, though being a member of the conservative Christian Democrats, held strong pro-invader views and once said that "refugee haters" are free to leave Germany. Unsurprisingly, he stumbled upon a massive backlash by patriotic people on the internet.
The murder sent shockwaves across Jewish-Liberal elites and the country’s society with top-tier politicians warning of a resurgence of the "neo-Nazi" scene. "We must finally name right-wing terrorism as such," Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also said on Saturday.
"Far too often there have been talks of ‘isolated cases’ or ‘rampages’ when it comes to right-wing attacks," he stated.
Burkhard Jung, Leipzig mayor and president of Germany’s Cities Association, said the attack on Luebcke wasn’t just an ordinary crime. "The murder or indeed the execution of Walter Luebcke must be cause for nationwide discussion," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
That aside, some German mayors admitted that they had received death threats either online or by mail, according to police. Some newspapers reported that the anonymous threats warned of a "purge" and ended with the words "Sieg Heil"and "Heil Hitler."
German police and security agencies have long been warning of a rising network of patriotic germans. It was reported that the nationalists have infiltrated police and even the rank and file of the elite Special Forces teams.