SUSPECTED far-right extremists have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
Some 3,000 officers searched 130 sites across the country in a bid to bust the alleged planned coup – believed to be led by a self-declared prince called Heinrich XIII.
1Cops in Germany have arrested 25 peopleSome members of the so-called Reich Citizens movement reject Germany’s postwar constitution and called for the government to be overthrown.
The group of suspected far-right and former military figures planned to storm the parliament building, the Reichstag, in a bid to seize power, according to local reports.
Prosecutors said 22 German citizens were detained on suspicion of “membership in a terrorist organisation” after sites in 11 of Germany’s 16 states were searched.
Three other people, including a Russian citizen, are suspected of supporting the group, they said.
Weekly Der Spiegel reported that locations searched included the barracks of Germany’s special forces unit KSK in the southwestern town of Calw.
The unit has in the past been scrutinised over alleged far-right involvement by some soldiers.
Federal prosecutors declined to confirm or deny that the barracks were searched.
Along with detentions in Germany, prosecutors said that one person was detained in the Austrian town of Kitzbuehel and another in the Italian city of Perugia.
Prosecutors said the suspected ringleaders, identified only as Heinrich XIII P R and Rdiger v P, are accused of last year founding a terrorist organisation with the goal of overturning the existing state order in Germany and replace it with their own form of state, which was already in the course of being founded.
The suspects were aware that their aim could only be achieved by military means and with force, prosecutors said.
They are alleged to have believed in a conglomerate of conspiracy theories consisting of narratives from the so-called Reich Citizens as well as QAnon ideology, according to a statement by prosecutors.
Suspects were arrested in the German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia as well as in Austria and Italy, the federal prosecutor’s office said.
They are accused of preparing, since the end of November 2021 at the latest, to carry out actions based on their ideology, according to the office.
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