Germany: 12 arrests in the dismantling of a small group of far-right

Allemagne: 12 arrestations dans le démantèlement d’un groupuscule d’extrême droite

BERLIN | Twelve persons, all of German nationality, were arrested Friday in the framework of a survey on a small group of far-right suspected of fomenting attacks against “politicians, asylum seekers and muslims,” said the federal prosecutor’s office.

Four of these suspects are believed to have formed “an association of far-right terrorist nature” while the other eight would have expressed their willingness to provide such support “financial” or “assistance in providing weapons,” said the prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe said in a statement.

The group, formed last September, was aimed at “undermining the order of the State and of the society in Germany and at the end of the overthrow”, according to the same source.

“The attacks of which the device concrete has not been clarified up to now had to be committed against political leaders, asylum-seekers and persons of the muslim faith in order to generate a situation close to civil war”, has indicated the prosecutor responsible for terrorism cases.

Previously, the prosecution had announced the raids in 13 locations across five regional States, including Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, the most densely populated region of Germany.

Five suspects had been identified on that occasion as well as eight people on suspicion of their having provided support.

In order to implement their projects, the suspects met personally on several occasions and at different locations, said the justice. They are also made use of cats on various messaging services to communicate between them.

The German authorities are concerned with the terrorism of the extreme right since including the murder of an elected official German pro-migrant in last June. A neo-nazi has since been placed in detention.

The anxiety rises even in the face of growing violence against elected officials in the country, in a context of hardening of the political climate under the pressure of the extreme right.

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