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Exploring the crime figures behind Germany's far-right clashes Exploring the crime figures behind Germany's far-right clashes
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Violent protests led to 18 injured. The government in Berlin says populists are scapegoating refugees  Violent protests led to 18 injured but government in Berlin say populists are scapegoating refugees
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<strong>At least 18 people were injured when far-right demonstrators clashed with counter-protestors in the German city Chemnitz <a href="https://www.apnews.com/amp/6d2ac0afce14437ca66a7b8a584c017d?__twitter_impression=true">on August 28</a>.</strong>  <div><strong>At least 18 people were injured when far-right demonstrators clashed with counter-protestors in the German city Chemnitz <a href="https://www.apnews.com/amp/6d2ac0afce14437ca66a7b8a584c017d?__twitter_impression=true">on August 28</a>.</strong></div>
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The protests began <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/fresh-dueling-protests-break-out-in-chemnitz/a-45242473">after it emerged</a> that a 23-year-old Syrian man and a 22-year-old Iraqi were being held by police following an incident in which a 35-year-old German-Cuban man was stabbed and killed.  <div>The protests began <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/fresh-dueling-protests-break-out-in-chemnitz/a-45242473">after it emerged</a> that a 23-year-old Syrian man and a 22-year-old Iraqi were being held by police following an incident in which a 35-year-old German-Cuban man was stabbed and killed.</div>
Around 6,000 people protesting Germany's refugee policy clashed with counter-protestors on Monday night in Chemnitz, while protests both in support of the refugee policy and against it continue in Berlin and Chemnitz.  <div>Around 6,000 people protesting Germany's refugee policy clashed with counter-protestors on Monday night, and protests both in support of the refugee policy and against it continue in Berlin and Chemnitz.</div>
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Politicians in Berlin say the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is using isolated incidents to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment, with Chancellor Angela Merkel accusing the far-right of "hunting down" foreigners. Politicians in Berlin say the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is using isolated incidents to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment, with Chancellor Angela Merkel accusing the far-right of "hunting down" foreigners.
The AfD <a href="https://www.afd.de/alexander-gauland-verunglimpfung-der-chemnitzer-buerger-ist-falsch-und-boeswillig/">maintain</a> that Angela Merkel's government is ignoring violent crime committed by refugees and migrants. The AfD <a href="https://www.afd.de/alexander-gauland-verunglimpfung-der-chemnitzer-buerger-ist-falsch-und-boeswillig/">maintain</a> that Angela Merkel's government is ignoring violent crime committed by refugees and migrants.
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<h2>Exploring the statistics</h2> <h2>Exploring the statistics</h2>
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Germany's Interior Ministry's crime figures are available <a href="https://www.bka.de/DE/AktuelleInformationen/StatistikenLagebilder/PolizeilicheKriminalstatistik/PKS2017/pks2017_node.html">here</a>. Germany's Interior Ministry's crime figures are available <a href="https://www.bka.de/DE/AktuelleInformationen/StatistikenLagebilder/PolizeilicheKriminalstatistik/PKS2017/pks2017_node.html">here</a>.
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<li>The crime rate across Germany is at a 25-year low.</li>  <li>The crime rate across Germany is at a 25-year low.</li>
<li>Immigrants make up a disproportionate number of people charged with crimes including violent crime.</li>  <li>Immigrants make up a disproportionate number of people charged with crimes including violent crime.</li>
<li><a href="https://www.dw.com/en/are-refugees-more-criminal-than-the-average-german-citizen/a-38371284">According to</a> Christian Pfeiffer, former justice minister of the state of Lower Saxony foreign nationals are twice as likely to be charged by police than suspects of German origin (<em>Deutsche Welle</em>).</li>  
   <li>According to ... foreign nationals are twice as likely to be charged by police than suspects of German origin.</li>
<li>A government-sponsored study <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-germany-crime/violent-crime-rises-in-germany-and-is-attributed-to-refugees-idUSKBN1ES16J">released</a> in January found that violent crime rose 10 percent between 2015 and 2016, with 90  percent of the rise attributed to young male refugees.</li>   <li>A study <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-germany-crime/violent-crime-rises-in-germany-and-is-attributed-to-refugees-idUSKBN1ES16J">released</a> in January found that violent crime rose 10 percent between 20115 and 2016, with 90  percent of the rise attributed to young make refugees.</li>
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Federal Statistical Office of Germany:  
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<li>Nationals and foreigners <a href="https://www-genesis.destatis.de/genesis/online;sid=E5887DBF9134331951F8849E1BCE2BF9.GO_1_3?operation=previous&amp;levelindex=2&amp;levelid=1537029581431&amp;step=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">suspected of crimes, 1993-2016</a>.</li>  
<li>Foreigners <a href="https://www.destatis.de/DE/ZahlenFakten/GesellschaftStaat/Rechtspflege/Tabellen/AuslaendischeVerurteilte.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">convicted</a> of criminal charges.</li>  
<li>Nationals and foreigners <a href="https://www-genesis.destatis.de/genesis/online?sequenz=statistikTabellen&amp;selectionname=24311" target="_blank" rel="noopener">convicted of criminal charges, 1976-2016</a>.</li>  
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