BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Thousands of police officers raided much of Germany Tuesday against suspected far-right extremists who apparently wanted to overthrow the government by force.
Some 3,000 officers participated in searches against so-called citizens of the Red movement at 130 locations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states. Some members of the group rejected Germany’s post-war constitution and called for the overthrow of the government.
According to prosecutors, twenty-two German citizens were detained on suspicion of “membership of a terrorist organization”. It said three other people, including a Russian national, were suspected of supporting the organisation.
The barracks of the KSK, a German special forces unit, were searched in the southwestern city of Calv, according to the weekly Der Spiegel. The unit has been investigated in the past for alleged membership of some soldiers in far-right groups.
The federal prosecutor’s office declined to confirm or deny whether the barracks had been searched.
In addition to operations in Germany, one man was arrested in the Austrian city of Kitzbühel and another in the Italian city of Perugia.
The prosecution stated that the identities of the group’s alleged leaders were only Heinrich XIII PR and Rüdiger v. p., was accused last year of “a terrorist organization with the aim of overturning the present state system in Germany and turning it into its own state, which was already in the process of being established”.
The prosecution said that the suspects knew that their objective could only be achieved by military means and force.
They allegedly believed in “a set of conspiracy theories involving messages from so-called citizens of the Reich as well as QAnon ideology,” according to the prosecutor’s statement.