The placard in the background reads: 'United against hate and violence'Image: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Kahnert
German president: Citizens must fight hate and violence
March 10, 2020
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has appealed to the "silent majority" of Germans to be "loud in the face of hate and violence." Germany has seen an increased number of hate crimes in recent years.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier identified a "massive problem with hate and violence" in Germany at a discussion event on Tuesday in the eastern state of Saxony.
The comments come as the number of far-right and racially motivated hate crimes in Germany are on the rise, for example when a racist shooter killed 11 people in Hanau in February.
'No one can be silent'
"There is a climate of indignation and disinhibition, of degradation and rabble-rousing — a climate that we can no longer accept," he said.
"No one can say any more that it does not affect them. And no one can be silent," he added.
The remarks were made in the eastern city of Zwickau at a state discussion event called "Together against Hate and Violence," where local politicians, researchers and representatives of other authorities spoke and debated.
After the discussion, Steinmeier joined other representatives in attending a ceremony in Zwickau at a memorial for victims of the "National Socialism Underground," or NSU, a far-right terror cell responsible for killing nine people between 2000 and 2007.