Investigators in several federal states have taken action against members of a chat group called “Vereinte Patrioten”, which allegedly planned bombings and kidnappings of “well-known public figures” on Telegram. This was announced on Thursday by the public prosecutor’s office in Koblenz and the National Criminal Police Office of Rhineland-Palatinate.
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According to information from the political magazine ARD Report Mainz, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) was also to be kidnapped in an action called “Klabutermann”. After the results of the investigation became known, Lauterbach himself said he did not want to be intimidated by the alleged kidnapping plans. The Federal Criminal Police Office told the Tagesspiegel that the findings of the investigation “have been taken into account in the protective measures taken for Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach”. They were closely coordinated with the national criminal police office in Rhineland-Palatinate and the public prosecutor’s office in Koblenz.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, searches took place on Wednesday at 20 properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. Around 270 officers, including special units, were deployed.
Right-wing extremists, citizens of the Reich and corona deniers
According to it, twelve Germans aged 55, 54, 50, 42 and 41 are accused of having prepared a serious act of violence dangerous to the state and of having violated the law on the control of arms and weapons. of war.
Weapons, ammunition, cash, gold bars and silver coins were seized during the searches. Four suspects have been arrested and arrest warrants have been requested. “Anyone who possesses weapons of war, plans attacks and strives to overthrow the system must feel the consistency and all the severity of the state,” said Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD ). wing violent criminals and enemies of the constitution. The despicable aspirations of these authors have been nipped in the bud.”
Faeser sees a new threat quality
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) is appalled. “Investigations reveal an abyss,” Faeser said. “They show a serious terrorist threat. Armed citizens of the Reich and radicalized Holocaust deniers of Corona share a boundless hatred of democracy, our state, and the people who defend our community.” Kidnapping plans against Karl Lauterbach and violent overthrow fantasies “show a new threatening quality,” the minister warned. But she also stressed that “Karl Lauterbach and all of us as Democrats will not be intimidated.” Faeser is also annoyed by Telegram. “Once again, violent extremists and corona deniers have networked and radicalized on Telegram,” the minister said. “It shows how important it is to act decisively against extremist and terrorist threats on this platform. We will continue at this difficult pace.
Uprising on “Day X”
According to information from the Tagesspiegel, the “United Patriots” chat group is apparently a typical telegram group from a mixed scene of extremists. Members include right-wing extremists, citizens of the Reich and fanatical crown deniers. The group was still looking for like-minded people for a violent uprising on “Day X”. In security circles, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution was said to have played a role in discovering the group. Interior Minister Lewentz also mentioned a reference to the discussion group of the Rhineland-Palatinate Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Specifically, according to the Attorney General’s office, the “United Patriots” newsgroup planned to destroy power facilities in addition to kidnappings in order to trigger a nationwide blackout.
“According to the defendant, this should cause conditions approaching civil war and ultimately overthrow the democratic system in Germany,” the statement said.
Investigations against the group have been ongoing since October last year. On Wednesday, authorities in Rhineland-Palatinate announced the arrest of several suspected members of the group.
Lauterbach does not want to be discouraged
“Some Covid deniers are not concerned with the fight against vaccinations or corona demands. They are fighting against our basic democratic order,” Health Minister Lauterbach told “Bild am Sonntag”.
“But they won’t be able to do that. I won’t let that discourage me, but will continue to support all people. This example shows how divided our society is. Overcoming this division and regaining trust remains the goal of my policy. Lauterbach had repeatedly reported threats against him.
In the annual report for 2021, which was presented last week, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution of North Rhine-Westphalia referred to massive hostilities against the Federal Minister of Health. “The range of intimidation attempts includes e-mail threats, a rally outside his private apartment, damage to his car and the breaking of a window in his Bundestag office in Cologne,” the report said.
Fanatics want civil war
Last week, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office launched a raid in eleven federal states against several far-right groups. These included the activities of the “Nuclear Weapons Division”, which also wants to start a civil war with terrorist attacks. (with dpa)