German Police Raids Far-Right Group
German police carried out raids across the country after banning a far-right group they described as “an organization resembling a racist and anti-Semitic sect that seeks to indoctrinate children with Nazi ideology.”
Police Storm Apartments of Far-Right Group Members
Police stormed 26 apartments belonging to 39 members of the Artgemannschaft network in 12 states, including Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, and Brandenburg.
Organization Connections and Propagation of Racial Theories
The Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the organization has about 150 members and has connections with several right-wing extremist groups.
She added that the organization uses the cover of a “false Germanic belief in God to propagate its vision of the world that violates human dignity,” noting that the organization sought to persuade young people to accept its racial theories using Nazi-era literature.
Authorities indicated that the network has an online library whose purpose is to spread extremism and attract new members.
German Interior Minister’s Response
“This is another blow to right-wing extremism and intellectual agitators who continue to spread Nazi ideology,” German Interior Minister Nancy Weiser said.
She went on to say, “This far-right group has attempted to mobilize new enemies of the Constitution through the disgusting indoctrination of children and youth.”
Increase in Far-Right Extremism
Last week, Germany banned the local branch of the US-headquartered neo-Nazi group Hammerskins, which is known for organizing white supremacist rock concerts.
Germany has banned a group of far-right organizations in recent months.
It is worth noting that, according to a report presented by the Federal Domestic Intelligence Agency in June, about 38,800 people belonged to the far right spectrum in Germany in 2022, an increase from 33,900 in 2021, and the number of those considered violent among them increased from 13,500 to 14,000.