Attacks on foreigners, including Turkish migrants, goes back decades.
As the Gurdian reported two days ago, the trial of 38-year-old Beate Zschaepe, who is charged with complicity in the murder of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman between 2000 and 2007, is taking place in Germany right now.
It is also making international headlines.
She is charged with being an accomplice to the attacks and a member of the National Socialist Underground, a far-right force in the country that has managed to elude police scrutiny and carry out a variety of visious attacks dating back almost a decade.
German Turks form the largest ethnic minority Estimates range between 2.5–2.7 million and more than 4 million Turks and German citizens with part or full Turkish ancestry in Germany, making up
about 5 percent of Germany’s total population.Out of this group, Kurds are estimated to number around 500,000 people.
Many have been subjected to decades of institutional discrimination and even vicious assaults, as well as murder, going back decades. In 1991,
three Turks were killed, victims of what the New York Times called a “A Neo-Nazi Plot.” http://www.nytimes.com/1992/11/24/world/3-turks-killed-germans-blame-a-neo-nazi-plot.html
While according to Al Jazeera http://m.aljazeera.com/story/2012122411620527434
The 1980s and 1990s witnessed an increase in the amount of racist violence in the country, with racism appearing to increase during the economic crisis throughout the 1980s, and as a result of German reunification in 1989.
The attacks have not gone with out a response in the Turkish community, however.
By the end of the 1980s in West Germany, the children of Turkish immigrants had begun to form gangs to protect themselves from racist attacks. Such gangs emerged across the country.
The largest gang – in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin – called itself the 36 Boys, named after the old postal code of their area. The gang also included some non-Turks.
In more recent years, tensions have been rising and in recent days a spokesperson for a German intelligence service warns of the possibility of the far-right continuing its successful recruiting drives in Germany.
“We do not see a widespread infiltration into civil society yet, but right-wing groups and the far-right NPD party are investing a lot of time and money to mask their ideology, to set up a facade,” said Markus Schaefert, spokesman for the Bavarian intelligence service.
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