German politicians paid their respects on Tuesday to the victims of an alleged ten year neo-nazi killing spree which many in the country feel should have been detected from the start.
Critics claim state security focused more on left- wing extremism in post unification Germany and ignored or neglected the dangers from the far right.“In Germany one has the impression today that the institutions of security are blind in their right eye or at least they do not really see much with their right eye.” said Renate Künast of the Green party.
The killings of the nine men from immigrant backgrounds have produced a backlash against rightist groups including the possible banning of the NPD which has won seats in several German states.
An extensive investigation is underway into the murders including that of a police woman four years ago. At the time she was considered another victim but now there are indications she may have had links with the neo-nazi group.