In Munich, the victims of the Oktoberfest attack are commemorated 40 years ago. Right-wing extremism has deep roots in Germany, says Federal President Steinmeier – and is also looking at the police.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for consistent police action against right-wing extremism to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Oktoberfest attack. “Enemies of freedom and democracy must not be tolerated by the police. Every effort must be made to expose right-wing extremist networks where they exist,” Steinmeier said in Munich on Saturday. with a view to right-wing extremist suspicious cases at the police in North Rhine-Westphalia.

“Right-wing extremism has deep roots in our society”. He trusts the police and knows what the officers are doing. You earned trust. “The police leadership and politicians cannot tolerate a climate in which they arise and can be covered by others.”

Steinmeier raised the issue of possible recurring deficits in the prosecution of far-right acts. “Are right-wing extremist networks in the police too rarely noticed and taken even less seriously?” Asked Steinmeier. “The history of right-wing extremist acts allows two answers.” Either the realization that these hitmen also have an environment, are integrated in networks or are inspired by them, came about late – too late. Or, second alternative: this knowledge was intentionally ignored. “

“Looking away is no longer allowed”

Steinmeier was referring to the murders at the NSU terrorist cell, which were misunderstood for years. The terror of the right-wing terror is near again, “now, after the murder of Walter Lübcke, after the acts of Halle and Hanau”. Errors must be recognized and corrected – “with the greatest emphasis and with all seriousness,” said Steinmeier. “Looking away is no longer allowed.” This is true after the attack on the Oktoberfest, after the NSU trial, after the threat letters from NSU 2.0, after weapons finds and enemy lists of so-called prepper groups with ties to Bundeswehr reservists, after the discovery of a right-wing extremist chat group inside the police in North Rhine-Westphalia.

On the evening of September 26, 1980, twelve Wiesn visitors and the far-right bomber Gundolf Köhler killed a bomb and more than 200 were injured. In July, after several years of new investigation, the federal prosecutor’s office reorganized the law and explicitly stated that Köhler was acting for far-right motives. In the 1980s, the researchers rated the attack as an act of a person out of personal frustration.

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