Intel shows decline in activity of far-right extremists
The national intelligence agency, BIS, says that efforts to curb right-wing extremism in the Czech Republic have borne fruit. The agency’s quarterly report on extremism, released this week, shows that the domestic neo-fascist movement is in disarray thanks to several years of heavy crackdowns by the police and the state. Christian Falvey has this report.
“I would agree with BIS. The reason is the counteractions of the police against right-wing extremism in the Czech Republic. So this is no surprise, that right-wing extremism is decreasing. But on the other hand we should be very aware of a possible increase in their activities in the next few months.”
Meanwhile, the report notes that the neo-fascist movement in general is dominated by discussion over its course for the future, with a conservative core at odds with a younger group of activists promoting new trends and forms of promotion, via graffiti and hip hop music, for example.
Despite what the agency calls the movement’s “stagnation”, there are other serious, related problems still at large from Klára Kalibová’s perspective.
“I would like to point out one very important trend, which is the increase of hate crimes in the Czech Republic, which is not visible because the statistics and official data are always the same, but from the point of view of NGOs in the Czech Republic, verbal assaults and even physical assaults are increasing, and the perpetrators are also not necessarily members of right-wing movements”.