NeoNazis Shed Image, Retain Hate

German skinheads shed their dreadful image but are more dangerous because they retain their hate under fashionable clothes, Der Spiegel reports.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 2:34 PM

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Neo-Nazi skinhead
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German skinheads are shedding their dreadful image but are more dangerous because they retain their hate under fashionable clothes, according to Der Spiegel.

A report by the German Interior Ministry and by intelligence officials, quoted by the German publication, stated that “anarchist nationalists” are less interested in the skinhead sub-culture. However, they warned that the same neo-Nazis “instead prefer to wear articles of clothing or brands that orient themselves more toward general trends in youth fashion and that use corresponding lettering or symbols to signal their membership in the scene in a less visible way.”

The report added, “It is possible to see a rise in the potential for violence as well as in the willingness to employ violence to attain one's political goals."

Crimes by the far-right have decreased nationwide but have increased in five provinces that were part of East Germany after World War II.

The same report also found an increase across the country in far-left violence for political motives. "To a certain extent, attacks by left-wing extremist perpetrators display a significantly higher aggressiveness and willingness to assume risks” to the extent that they are "on the cusp of a new left-wing terrorism."

Muslim extremism also was covered in the report, which warned that Germany "remains in the focus of Islamist terrorist groups.”



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