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Anti-LGBTQ attacks in Berlin are on the rise, according to new crime statistics. Police worry the nation's political environment contributes to the spike in violence.
Berlin police report that in the first nine months of 2019, 261 incidents have been reported of violence targeting, gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals, according to DW Akademie. By comparison, only 184 such attacks occurred in Berlin in all of 2018.
Police Chief Barbara Slowik presented the numbers at an event organized by the Alliance Against Homophobia, and said "an increasing polarization of society" contributed to the rise in hate crimes.
She said attacks appear concentrated in nightclub districts where LGBTQ folks are highly visible, DW reports.
Alt-right Germans last year protested at Berlin Pride after being refused a booth at the event.