The German defence minister told the armed forces that reported racist and sexual abuse in a German platoon based in Lithuania has put their entire reputation at risk. The most recent incidents were a sexual assault against another soldier, singing anti-Semitic songs, and in April singing songs to mark Hitler’s birthday. There is a pattern of far-right extremism in the army: a soldier allegedly racially abused a non-white fellow soldier, and four German soldiers made animal noises when a black French soldier walked past. Far-right incidents in the elite KSK commando unit triggered calls for it to be disbanded as it had become partly independent of the chain of command. Police seized explosives and weapons at the home of a KSK soldier. Military intelligence said there were almost 600 suspected far-right supporters in the army, the KSK being a particular problem. Twenty members are suspected of right-wing extremism.
Germany: far right abuse and racismWritten by David Fletcher 24 Jun 2021
- Pray: for sexual and racial abuse and all far right leanings to be pulled out of the German army by the roots and trust to be restored in all platoons at home and abroad. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
- More: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57525971