Dec. 1 (UPI) — The German authorities on Tuesday formally barred a neo-Nazi group, which it stated is making an attempt to re-establish a nationwide socialist state — by violent means, if crucial.
German inside minister Horst Seehofer introduced the ban in opposition to the group, referred to as Wolf Brigade 44 or Wolfsbrgade 44.
Prosecutors have beforehand stated it is the group’s purpose to re-strengthen “a free fatherland” beneath “Germanic ethical legislation.”
“Anybody who fights in opposition to the essential values of our liberal society will really feel the decisive response of our constitutional democracy,” Steve Alter, a spokesman for Seehofer, wrote in a tweet.
Authorities additionally stated police have raided the houses of practically a dozen group members within the states of Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The inside ministry stated police sought within the raids to confiscate group belongings and right-wing extremist propaganda. Officers stated police discovered weapons and Nazi symbolism within the operation.
Officers say Wolf Brigade 44 has existed for not less than 4 years and was previously referred to as Storm Brigade 44.
German Inexperienced Occasion lawmaker Cem Ozdemir has equally urged the federal government to ban one other referred to as the Turkish Grey Wolves, which he stated is the biggest right-wing extremist group in Germany. It is believed to have as many as 20,000 members.
Ozdemir stated the Grey Wolves are related to a whole lot of deaths in Turkey.
“Additionally they threaten members of the Turkish opposition and minorities in Germany,” he stated final month.