In Germany, special police forces on Wednesday are conducting a special operation simultaneously in eleven federal states against a far-right organization that planned to kidnap politicians and storm the Bundestag.
At the behest of the Attorney General and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), law enforcement officers detained 25 men and women believed to belong to or support a right-wing terrorist organization.
The searches are taking place in more than 130 apartments, offices and warehouses, including the barracks of the Special Forces Command (KSK) in Calva in Baden-Württemberg. A total of 52 suspects are under investigation for membership or support of a terrorist organization.
It is one of the largest police operations against extremists ever carried out in Germany. At the request of the publication, the General Prosecutor's Office confirmed the operation.
On Wednesday morning, more than 3,000 police officers were in action in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, Hesse and Thuringia. Officers were also sent to Austria and Italy.
The alleged right-wing terrorist group was recruited mainly from representatives of the so-called "Reichsburger" organization. "Reichsburgers" reject the existing state system in Germany and want to replace it with an undemocratic system.
It is likely that the conspiracy ideology of QAnon, which was shared by some of the attackers on the US Capitol in Washington in January 2021, played a role in the radicalization of extremists. According to the conclusions of the investigation, the suspects planned an armed attack on the Bundestag and the capture of politicians from November 2021. It is believed that the attackers expected the start of riots as a result of their actions and a "coup" in Germany.
According to the prosecution, the men and women were united by a deep rejection of state institutions and democracy in Germany, so they probably planned to carry out a change of power by force.