Potsdam (dpa / bb) - In view of numerous crimes against local politicians, Brandenburg's Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (CDU) has commissioned a scientific study.
This should create clarity about how widespread insults, threats and physical attacks against local politicians in Brandenburg are, said the Interior Ministry on Monday.
Last year the police registered 136 crimes against officials and elected officials as well as representatives of political parties.
"Although the number is declining slightly, an unreported number can be assumed, especially in the area of agitation and intimidation," the message said.
Stübgen wants to present the entire report on politically motivated crime on Tuesday.
Intimidation, hatred and agitation have been directed against local politicians and party representatives for years, the interior minister said.
"As Minister of the Interior and for Local Affairs, I see it as my duty to ensure that all people involved in local politics can exercise their mandates without fear," stressed Stübgen.
Because these have always been the backbone of our democracy.
"The study will do its part to improve the situation of Brandenburg local politicians in the long term," he said.
The one-year study is unique in Germany and is being carried out by a Brandenburg agency.
The investigation will be accompanied by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the police and the Ministry of the Interior.
The results are expected to be presented in the first half of 2022.
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