German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on March 5, 2020 in Berlin. - TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP
They intended to form a neo-Nazi community in the middle of the countryside. The neo-Nazi extreme right-wing group Nordadler ("northern eagle"), which is very active on social networks, has been banned by Germany, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.
"Since this morning, police measures have taken place in four regional states," he said on Twitter about searches of this tiny group. "Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism also have no place on the Internet," said spokesman Steve Alter, while according to the dpa agency, these searches are taking place in North Rhine-Westphalia. Westphalia, Saxony, Brandenburg and Lower Saxony.
Three bans after a series of attacks
The group prohibited on Tuesday uses symbols and language of the Third Reich and presents itself as nostalgic for Adolf Hitler and the main neo-Nazi representatives of that time.
"Nordadler", marked by his anti-Semitism, had the project of establishing a neo-Nazi community in the German countryside. Via Telegram messaging, his sympathizers had notably expressed their sympathy for the author of the attack on the synagogue of Halle who had almost committed a massacre on the day of Yom Kippur. He had finally turned his gun on a passerby and killed a man in a restaurant frequented by immigrants.
It is the third time since the start of the year that the Interior Ministry has banned a far-right group, after two bans in January and March. Germany has raised far-right terrorism as the number one threat after several attacks in recent months, particularly against the synagogue in Halle in October 2019 and against shisha bars in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in February.
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