In many German cities, self-proclaimed militias march through the streets. They claim to be concerned with security, but they spread a lot of fear themselves. Many members are supporters of the far-right NPD party.
Germany's attorney general has said the deadly shootings at two hookah bars were fueled by deep-seated racism. Investigations will focus on the suspect's possible connections, both in Germany and abroad.
Right-wing militia groups say they patrol where police turn a blind eye. But with criminality dropping and more police than ever in Germany, analysts and politicians say their motives are more sinister.
Right-wing vigilante patrols claiming to fill gaps in state security have popped up in several German states. The government has warned there's not a big leap between these groups and far-right terrorism.
Hundreds of protesters blocked the road and blew whistles to prevent NPD supporters from rallying. The members of the far-right party had intended to drive through Eschede with flags, protest signs and a loudspeaker.
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