German raids target far-right group who plotted coup: BBC reports

Surinder Singh Oberoi
07 Dec 2022
German raids target far-right group who plotted coup: BBC reports

New Delhi: Twenty-five people have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government, the BBC and some other western media said.

German reports say the group of far-right and ex-military figures planned to storm the parliament building, the Reichstag, and seize power.

Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany's 16 states against adherents of the so-called Reich Citizens movement.

A German man referred to as a prince called Heinrich XIII, 71, is alleged to have been central to their plans. Among those arrested in 11 German states were two alleged ringleaders according to federal prosecutors.

The plotters are said to include members of the extremist Reichsbürger (Citizens of the Reich) movement, which has long been in the sights of German police over violent attacks and racist conspiracy theories. They also refuse to recognise the modern German state.

An estimated 50 men and women are alleged to have been part of the group who are said to have plotted to overthrow the republic and replace it with a new state modelled on the Germany of 1871.

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