The latest far-right, anti-Semitic shooting near the city of Halle has significantly affected public support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, according to an opinion poll reported on Saturday by German broadcaster RTL/n-tv.
Conducted by the research institute forsa from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9, the day when the attack took place, 2,500 Germans took part in the survey.
The support rate for the party, which was calculated at 13% in the beginning of the week, dropped to 11% on Thursday, according to RTL/n-tv’s report.
Far-right violence and minority intolerance has been on the rise in some European countries in the recent period. The Halle attack was just one of the many examples of far-right related violence acts.
Prosecutors said the man accused of killing two people in the attack in eastern Germany’s Halle had confessed to the crime and had far-right and anti-Semitic motives. The man, who had published a racist and anti-Semitic manifesto and live-streamed the shooting on Wednesday, had shot the two bystanders after failing to enter the synagogue.
His poor aim and the unreliability of his home-made firearms saved nine other people he fired upon during his half-hour rampage, prosecutors announced on Friday.
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