Officials predict more arrests over German far-right plot




  • In US
  • 2022-12-08 10:29:02Z
  • By Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) - German officials say they expect more people to be detained in connection with an alleged far-right plan to topple the government that saw 25 people rounded up Wednesday, including a self-styled prince, a retired paratrooper and a judge.

The plot was allegedly hatched by people linked to the so-called Reich Citizens movement, which rejects Germany's post-war constitution and the legitimacy of the government.

Georg Meier, the top security official in Thuringia state, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Thursday that he expects a second wave of people being detained as authorities review evidence.

Meier accused the far-right Alternative for Germany party of fuelling conspiracy theories like those that allegedly motivated the plotters detained across the country this week.

Those held include a former Alternative for Germany lawmaker, Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, who is also a Berlin judge. The party condemned the alleged coup plans.

Also detained was Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss, who prosecutors consider one of the two ringleaders of the plot. The 71-year-old member of the House of Reuss continues to use the title of 'prince' despite Germany abolishing any formal role for royalty more than a century ago.

While some in Germany have questioned whether the suspected extremists would actually have been able to pull off any serious attack, authorities said the involvement of serving and former members of the army and police showed the plot needed to be taken seriously.

Germany is highly sensitive to far-right extremism because of its Nazi past and repeated acts of violence carried out by neo-Nazis in recent years, including the killing of a regional politician and the deadly attack on a synagogue in 2019.

Two years ago, far-right extremists taking part in a protest against the country's pandemic restrictions tried and failed to storm the Bundestag building in Berlin.

COMMENTS

More Related News

How the Biden administration decided to reverse course and give tanks to Ukraine
How the Biden administration decided to reverse course and give tanks to Ukraine

Pentagon leaders initially didn't want to give Ukraine tanks. Then Biden warmed to a path suggested by Blinken and Sullivan and a plan proposed by Milley and...

Germany: Victims of fatal train attack identified as 2 teens
Germany: Victims of fatal train attack identified as 2 teens
  • US
  • 2023-01-26 11:04:46Z

A 33-year-old man suspected of killing two teenagers and injuring seven other passengers on a train in northern Germany was released from pretrial detention ...

Frank talks and frustration: How the U.S. got to yes on Abrams tanks
Frank talks and frustration: How the U.S. got to yes on Abrams tanks
  • US
  • 2023-01-26 05:03:39Z

The U.S. Pentagon presented its best arguments, publicly and privately, against sending Abrams - its most advanced battle tanks - to Ukraine. But President ...

US joins Germany in sending battle tanks to Ukraine
US joins Germany in sending battle tanks to Ukraine

Ukraine hails the twin announcements as a turning point, while Russia says they are a provocation.

Germany has at last offered to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and a big batch of US Abrams are going that way too
Germany has at last offered to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, and a big batch of US Abrams are going that way too

Biden said Ukraine needs the tools "to be able to counter Russia's evolving tactics and strategy on the battlefield."

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US