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Right-wing extremist violence in Germany may see first fall in six years

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Right-wing extremist violence in Germany may see its first drop in six years, as police registered a significant drop in right-wing extremist violence for 2009 compared to the previous year.

Police registered 624 right-wing extremist violence in Germany by the end of November 2009, while the number was 682 by the same time in 2008, which means a reduction of 8.5 percent.

If the December 2009 statistics follow the trend of the year’s first 11 months, then it will have been the first time in six year there was a reduction in right-wing violence in Germany.

Meanwhile, the number of victims injured in such violence fell by 14 percent from 713 to 614, Bild reported.

But the number of neo-Nazi related crimes rose overall by 0.35 percent with the inclusion of crimes such as incitement of people, Hitler greetings and swastika graffiti.