Head of Germany’s domestic intel: Left-wing extremists target police and political opponents
Germany’s domestic intelligence chief has warned of the threat posed by the resurgence of left-wing extremists in the country. The Left-wing extremists were engaged in violence against police and political opponents in Germany, Thomas Haldenwang, president of country’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag.
Intelligence estimates have shown a constant surge in left-wing violence in Germany. The country is home to some 9,000 “violence-oriented left-wing extremists,” the domestic spy agency says. According to the 2018 German intelligence report (the latest recorded nation-wide data), left-wing extremists committed 6,393 violent crimes and offences in 2017, an almost 40 percent increase compared to the previous year.
During the same interview, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence also warned of Islamic State’s ability to carry out terror attacks in the country. “I cannot give an all-clear on IS,” Haldenwang said. “It can launch an attack in Germany anytime.”
The daily Die Welt am Sonntag reported the statement made by the German spy chief:
The president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, has warned against violent left-wing extremists — also those involved in squatting (the left-wing tactic of occupying residential properties). There are particular kind of incidents where one can expect left-wing violence out on the streets. I am talking about the clearing of occupied houses,” he told Die Welt am Sonntag. “I also expect violent left wing extremists from across Europe at the G7 summit in Biarritz this summer.”
His agency is dedicated “with high intensity [in countering] violent left-wing extremism.” The bar is especially low when it comes to clashes with police or political opponents. “In such cases even fatalities are taken for granted,” Haldenwang said.
There is no clear disassociation by “the left-wing extremist scene with regards to such extreme violence against people.” The threat posed by the left-wing extremism is “unfortunately not often perceived by the society.” [Translation by the author]
According to the same 2018 intelligence report, more than 25,800 Islamists were residing in Germany, posing a serious security threat. These numbers include over 10,000 Wahhabi Salafists, more than 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood members, 950 operatives of the terror-outfit Hezbollah, and 320 members of Hamas.
The German Left have shown its willingness to work with Arab and Islamist groups. In the last general elections, candidates belonging to the Palestinian terrorist group PFLP formed an alliance with Germany’s Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD) to run on a joint list. The members of far-left Antifa often make common cause with Muslim radicals when it comes to disrupting the rallies and events hosted by the right-wing Alternative for Germany party or the anti-Islamist PEGIDA movement.
When it comes to political violence, the German Left has been getting a pass for a long time. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, which is highly vocal about the rise of the right-wing AfD party, has been relatively quiet about the surging left-wing extremism. The German mainstream media, too, obsessed with the rise of anti-EU ‘populism,’ have failed to highlight the violence coming from the Left.
Just like other totalitarian ideologies, the German Left uses violence to silence opponents and push its political agenda. ‘Revolutionary violence’ is just as central to the Left as the concept of Jihad warfare is to Islamism. From college campuses to public squares, Antifa and other leftist gangs disrupt events and shout down those who dare to speak up about the evils of Islamism and unregulated mass migration.
Raw Footage: Antifa, left-wing rioters at the G20 in Hamburg (July 2017)
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