Four far-right and anti-vaccine activists who planned attacks and kidnappings arrested

Sweepstakes on the move anti-vaccined’ extreme right in Germany. The authorities pointed to 5 suspects, all Germans, aged between 41 and 55, four were arrested while these people planned “violent attacks” in the country and kidnappings of “public figures”, including the popular Social Democratic Health Minister Karl Lauterbach AFP learned from a ministerial source.

He said he was “upset” after learning of the possibility of her kidnapping. This “shows not only that the protests against the anti-Covid rules have become radicalized, […] but meanwhile these are attempts to destabilize the state”, he reacted during a press conference.

This messaging network called “United Patriots” had as its objective the destruction “of the German democratic system”, the Koblenz public prosecutor’s office and the Rhineland-Palatinate police said in a joint press release.

Gold bars and firearms seized

The suspects, detained the day before during extensive searches, had in particular planned to attack power grids to cause “a long-term power outage throughout the territory”, which, in their opinion, would have created the conditions for a “war”. civil”. . Authorities had been investigating the group, its founders and supporters in various parts of the country since October 2021.

In this Wednesday’s raid, firearms and ammunition, gold bars and silver coins, currency worth more than 10,000 euros, as well as mobile phones, forged Covid-19 vaccination certificates or even various written documents about their plans to overthrow the state.

This far-right movement, particularly mobilized since the pandemic

Police operations targeting the radical fringe of the movement against sanitary restrictions have multiplied in the country which has elevated extreme right-wing violence to the forefront of threats to public order, ahead of the jihadist risk. This movement has been particularly mobilized in Germany since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and is active in Telegram groups threatening elected officials or during demonstrations. The murder in June 2019 by a neo-Nazi activist of Walter Lübcke, chosen from the conservative party who defended former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migrant reception policy, had also been an electric shock in the country.

In early April, German authorities carried out a major raid on far-right terrorist circles, as part of a broader investigation, involving police and military intelligence services since 2019. Four suspects in the terrorist group were later arrested. group “Knockout 51”. . Ongoing investigations also point to the far-right group Atomwaffen Division Deutschland, the German branch of the American neo-Nazi movement.

On Wednesday, the federal prosecutor’s office announced the indictment of a young German sympathizer of this movement suspected of wanting to trigger “a race war” in Germany through attacks with explosives and firearms.

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