In several German cities, people have taken to the streets to commemorate the victims of the right-wing extremist attack in Hanau a year ago. The 43-year-old German Tobias R. shot nine people in two hookah cafés in the city near Frankfurt.
After that, the man killed his mother and himself. According to German justice, he had right-wing extremist motives.
In Cologne and Frankfurt yesterday, not only was commemorated, but also demonstrated. The campaigners demand that the German government do more to tackle racism and right-wing extremism. They also believe that the government has not done enough to support the families of the victims.
At the official memorial meeting in Hanau, German President Steinmeier said that he was “very disappointed” about the fact that the government has not been able to protect the peace and security of citizens. Immediately after the attack, it turned out that the BOLs had been in their sights for a few months, but had not taken action.
Steinmeier said in his speech that the Germans “should not ignore the evil in our midst”, but he also called for “to believe in our collective strength”.