Germany cracks down on clan crime after years of looking the other way because they feared being called “racist”

…For decades, police turned a blind eye to extended criminal families, in part to avoid being accused of racial discrimination. This has made the present-day challenge all the more difficult as clan structures have solidified, parallel societies have formed, and the enemy has grown.

“There are now half a million people across Germany who belong to a clan, though not every person is a criminal,” Ghadban estimates. Many nationalities are represented. There are Lebanese clans, Turkish, Kurdish, Albanian, Kosovan and even Chechen extended families who run illegal businesses.

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