Germany’s Interior Ministry said more than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early on Tuesday after the German government banned an extreme-right group.
The German news agency (DPA) reported that the homes of 11 members of the far-right Wolfsbrigde 44 group were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, and Nord Rhein-Westfalen to confiscate the group’s money and far-right propaganda materials.
“Whoever fights against the basic values of our free society will feel the resolute reaction of our government,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. “There is no place in this country for an association that sows hatred and works to revive a Nazi state.”
The Interior Ministry said the group members wanted to re-establish the Nazi dictatorship and abolish democracy. The number 44 in their name stands for the fourth letter in the alphabet, DD, which is an acronym for Division Dirlewanger. Oscar Dirlewanger was a well-known Nazi war criminal and commander of a special Nazi unit.
The far-right group, founded in 2016, is also known for its anti-Semitic and racist ideology, as well as its violent and aggressive appearance in public places and on social media.
On Tuesday, officers found knives, sickles, crossbows and spears during their raid. They also seized Nazi devotional items such as swastikas and flags.
Earlier this year, the German government banned other far-right groups including Combat 18 and Nordadler, dpa reported.
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