Germany raids homes of neo-Nazis, bans anti-Semitic Reich Citizens’ Movement
BREAKING: The Nazi “Reich Citizens” conspiracy movement, a mix of anti-Semitic, anti-government and racist ideology, has been banned following early morning raids in 10 German states.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned a faction of the neo-Nazi “Reichsbürger” movement, a group that denies the existence and authority of the modern-day German government.
“We will be relentless in continuing the fight against right-wing extremism, even in times of crisis,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
Police operations against the group “United German Peoples and Tribes” and related group “Osnabrücker Landmark” took place in 10 German states early Thursday morning.
The Interior Ministry said around 400 police officers had seized guns, baseball bats, propaganda materials, and small amounts of drugs during the raids on the homes of 21 leading members of the Nazi group.
“We are dealing with a group that distributes racist and anti-Semitic writings and in doing so systematically poisons our free society. The verbal aggression and massive threats against government officials and their families also prove the unconstitutional attitude of this group,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says the Reich Citizens’ movement as a whole has about 19,000 members, including almost 1,000 known neo-Nazis.
Authorities have withdrawn hundreds of Reich citizens’ firearms permits in recent years.