Thursday, February 09, 2017

Counter-terror chief warns against extremist groups uprising in East-Germany

According to a senior counterterrorism chief Stephan Kramer, official Islamic radicals and far-right terror groups are becoming an increasing problem in east German provinces. The information obtained stated that Islamic radicalism is spread all over Germany. Kramer, chief of state protection and counter-terrorism in Thuringa (East Germany) claimed to receive terrorism-related intelligence on a daily basis. He also said that many Islamic extremists came to the region during the summer of 2015, when Merkel caused a massive influx of Muslim immigration to Western Europe.
Kramer claimed that:
“at the time, a radical group had raised red flags in Saxony for building new prayer centers with the goal of instating Sharia law in Germany (…) and now we have similar information in Thuringa too, and I know from my colleagues in other eastern Germany states that the situation is similar there too. It’s a country-wide issue.”
Kramer also warned for far-right terror groups becoming more active:
“Using violence to achieve political goals is becoming increasingly acceptable,” and that it had become “an existential problem (…) we are working on the premise that there are more far-right terror cells and networks, that we don’t yet see all of them.”
The latter is relevant since Germany is the world’s fourth most-armed nation per capita with more than 5.4 million legally owned guns in its country. And requests in Germany for self-defence weapons permits were hitting record highs in 2016, police data reveals. As of June 2016, there were 402,301 small arms carry permits in the National Weapons Register. This figure is almost 50 percent higher than last year when there were just fewer than 270,000 requests for permits in the first half of 2015.
Ordinary citizens feeling the need to grab for their gun because they feel unprotected by their government. Muslim groups feeling strengthened to push their Sharia agenda since their numbers are growing extensively, and far-right groups rising up and willing to use violence against them. “We’re not standing at the precipice of a development like in 1933,” Kramer said. “But our democracy and our open society are at serious risk.” Germany anno 2017.

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