Germany Arrests 25 Suspects in Alleged Coup Plot


German Police arrest individuals accused of planning to overthrow the government | Image by Getty Images

Law enforcement in Germany on Wednesday arrested 25 members and supporters of a far-right group allegedly planning to overthrow the government violently.

More than 3,000 police officers, including special forces, participated in one of the most extensive counterterrorism operations in the country’s history, making 130 early morning searches across 11 of Germany’s 16 federal states.

Those arrested will appear in court Wednesday and Thursday. The homes of a further 27 people suspected of being members or supporters of the group have also been searched.

The so-far unnamed group centers its beliefs on the so-called Reichsbürger (Reich Citizens) movement, which does not recognize modern-day Germany as a legitimate state, authorities said.

Some group members are devoted to the German empire under the monarchy, some are supporters of Nazi ideas, and others believe Germany is under military occupation, Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution said.

Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), has been officially observing the Reichsbürger movement since 2016. The agency states the movement has around 21,000 followers, with a little more than a thousand of them also considered right-wing extremists.

The unnamed group to which the suspects arrested Wednesday belong was reportedly founded sometime in or before November 2021. The group is heavily influenced by a belief in a secretive, malign “deep state” running the country, according to German authorities.

Prosecutors said some members of the group’s “military arm” are former members of the German armed forces.

One active soldier and several active military reserve members were also among those being investigated, a spokesperson for the military intelligence service told Reuters.

“The members of the association are aware that this project can only be realized through the use of military means and violence against state representatives,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement early Wednesday. It said there was “the suspicion that individual members of the association have made concrete preparations to forcibly invade” the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, “with a small armed group.”

“The details are yet to be worked out,” the prosecutor’s office added.

The statement further alleged that the group was motivated by a rejection of the “free democratic basic order of the Federal Republic of Germany.”

Among those arrested Wednesday was a former member of a German royal family, identified as Heinrich XIII P.R. under Germany’s privacy law, whom the group envisioned as the leader of a future state, according to authorities.

Heinrich, who uses the title prince despite its current constitutional irrelevance, comes from the royal House of Reuss, which had ruled over parts of eastern Germany until 1918. Heinrich had allegedly sought support from Russia, whom the group hoped would back its government overthrow.

German authorities said there was no evidence Russia reacted positively to the request.

Russian officials said the country had no involvement in the alleged far-right plot to overthrow the German state, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying it “appears to be a German internal problem.”

Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said the government is responding with the full force of the law.

“The investigations provide a glimpse into the abyss of a terrorist threat from the Reichsburger milieu,” Faeser said, “We defend ourselves with all strength against the enemies of democracy.”

She alleged that the group was “driven by fantasies of violent overturn and conspiracy ideologies.”

“Further investigations will give a clear picture of how far the coup plans had progressed,” said Faeser.

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1 month ago

Congratulations J6 rioters. You have inspired nut cases all over the world!

Reply to  Janet
1 month ago

J6 rioters were not organized, the DNC provided video of the J6 bomber (greatest violence ‘planned’) was muddled down to 1.6 frames per second before being released by the FBI. 20 year old gas station cameras provide 8.6 frames/second.

Why doesn’t the DNC release their clearer version? From the most surveilled city in the country?

The FBI geo fenced everyone near the capital via cell phone ping histories but they couldn’t geo fence a lone bomber the night before?

Doesn’t the FBI and DNC want us to know who the bomber was? Such a violent threat?

Did you miss the massive year long lockdown protests in Europe? You did if all you watch is legacy media.

Did you know that German citizens might have to burn their furniture for heating fuel this winter due to the escalation of war and refusal to negotiate Ukrainian peace?

It’s probably a bit more complicated than a cartoon view of things that causes the rivets to start popping off the sheet metal if you follow my drift.

1 month ago

Waiting for Karen’s to compare this to J6