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Violence-oriented left-wing extremists

In late 2015 the left-wing extremist spectrum included 7,700 (2014: 7,600) violence-oriented left-wing extremists, with 6,300 (2014: 6,100) autonomists making up the largest part of this group.

The number of left-wing extremist motivated acts of violence rose by nearly two-thirds in 2015 to a total of 1,608 (2014: 995). This increase can essentially be attributed to the fact that the number of violence-oriented autonomists has increased. Moreover, there was a marked escalation in both their activities and level of aggression, especially during attacks against the police as well as violent confrontations between left-wing and right-wing or purported right-wing extremists. Violent left-wing extremism is primarily an urban phenomenon, with activists mainly operating in metropolitan areas. Violence-oriented left-wing extremists are concentrated in the city-states of Berlin and Hamburg as well as in Leipzig (Saxony), where the majority of the left-wing extremist following lives. This is where a large proportion of offences by violent left-wing extremists is committed, including serious violent crimes.

Again and again it is especially police officers (as representatives of the hated “apparatus of repression”) who come under attack. The preparedness to injure police officers has increased. Perpetrators are willing to take the risk not only of inflicting serious bodily harm but also of someone being killed. These attacks are usually carried out during demonstrations. Attacks against the police and against actual or purported right-wing extremists are widely accepted in the violent left-wing extremist scene.

Autonomist militancy – for example, street rioting during demonstrations or large-scale events – seeks direct confrontation with the police and political opponents. One important goal of action-oriented left-wing extremists continues to be the prevention of right-wing extremist events, including by means of direct confrontation. For example, participants are attacked while en route to demonstrations or their access routes are obstructed.

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Publications

Cyber attacks controlled by intelligence services

Cyber attacks controlled by intelligence services

DOI: May 2018
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2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: March 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2017
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DOI: January 2017
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DOI: January 2017
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