Sep 24 2022 4:58 p.m
The Federal Criminal Police Office warns that inflation and high energy prices could lead to dissatisfaction among the population and thus have a negative impact on the security situation in Germany. The authority expects demonstrations and criminal offenses by right-wing and left-wing extremists and Islamists.
According to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the rising energy prices, high inflation and the expansion of the previous corona measures that will apply from October could have “exacerbating and thus increasing the risk” effects on the already tense security situation in Germany. He reports that daily mirror citing an internal BKA memo available to the magazine. According to this, more demonstrations and criminal offenses are to be expected “when a significant proportion of the population feels or actually gets into existentially threatening situations as a result of political decisions”.
The authors of the note also fear that radicalized individuals or smaller groups could strike at any time in the current situation. The scenarios range from attacks on politicians to occupations and blockades of companies in the energy and armaments industries. “Violent forms of action” can also be expected from some. To the daily mirrorAccording to the report, the BKA also warns that Islamists could exploit the current crisis situation to carry out attacks on the “economic infrastructure”. A spokesman for the Islamic State jihadist militia has already called for exploiting Russia’s war against Ukraine and the unstable political situation in Europe, he quotes daily mirror from the BKA note.
However, not only the Federal Criminal Police Office shares this view. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution warned a few weeks ago that the increasingly heated mood among the population due to numerous crises could erupt in sometimes violent demonstrations. “It cannot be ruled out that in the course of the possible protest events there will also be a violent escalation with extremist participation,” said a spokesman for the Baden-Württemberg state office of the news agency dpa. According to the spokesman, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution already has information that right-wing extremists and Reich citizens in particular wanted to instrumentalize or even fan the possible protest events.
According to the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, an exact forecast cannot be made. “The extent of the current crises is greater and more unpredictable for people and leads to fears and concerns in a broad section of the population,” says a dossier from the authority. In addition, these crises “are unavoidable for people”, which is why they cannot “determine and influence” the consequences through their own behavior. It is therefore not possible to make a reliable prognosis. The authors of the bulletin only agree on one point: the mobilization potential of actors critical of the state will be highest in the fourth quarter of 2022 and in the first quarters of 2023.
With their assessments, the security authorities convey impressions that have little in common with reality, as countless police reports on mostly peaceful protests show. Rather, they only support the framing of politics and the mainstream, according to which the legitimate demonstrations – similar to the protests against the state corona measures – are first infiltrated by extremists and the demonstrators are then incited against the state. In the spirit of Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD), who recently announced in this context that she wanted to take “even stronger action against right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories”. “Enemies of democracy are just waiting to abuse crises to spread fantasies of doom, fear and uncertainty,” she said Rheinische Post. And she added:
“We monitor extremist mobilization attempts very closely.”