LGBTI enemy attacks in Berlin reach new record highs

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ReachOut, the Berlin counseling center for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence, counted a total of 70 acts of violence against LGBTI in 2016. This represents an increase of 62 percent compared to the previous year with 43 cases, according to the published on Thursday annual statistics. Between 2008 and 2014, between 9 and 44 attacks on queer people were reported in the capital.The LGBTI-hostile attacks usually happen at night, mainly in Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mitte and Tiergarten – there were between 10 and 12 violent acts in 2016. “These are inner-city districts in which there are meeting places and party opportunities and the stakeholders assume that they can move freely,” it says in a press release1 from ReachOut. In the district Schöneberg six attacks were documented last year (district statistics as PDF2).Also racist violence is increasingIn total, ReachOut recorded 380 attacks of group-focused enmity in 2016. This represents an increase of nearly 20 percent of the violence and massive threats compared to 2015. Racism is a dominant motive. In the area of ​​refugee housing, the project experienced 41 attacks.ReachOut is a project of ARIBA e.V. and is funded by the Berlin state program against right-wing extremism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Since 2003 it annually publishes the researched attack numbers. Propaganda, insults and property damage are not counted if no persons are at risk. According to the project, differences to police information result, among other things, from different assessments of the reasons for the case. In addition, ReachOut learns of cases that are not displayed.Senator calls for “clear reactions from the police and the judiciary”The new figures from ReachOut demanded “clear reactions from the police and the judiciary for the perpetrators and our all solidarity for the victims,” ​​said Berlin Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt (Greens) on Thursday in a press release. However, he left open what exactly he meant by this: “The fact that we can offer people professional help in these situations via ReachOut shows how important it is to promote civil society projects against right-wing extremism, racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.” We have to face reality see that we must resolutely oppose right-wing violence even in liberal Berlin. “In a guest article3 for usa.lgbt, Berlin’s gay CDU general secretary Stefan Evers called for more video surveillance at the beginning of the month to protect against homophobic and transphobic violence. (Cw)

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