The Interior Ministry said Berlin (AP) – more than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday, after the German government banned a far-right group.
German news agency DPA reported that the homes of 11 members of the far-right group were searched in Hess, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia, to seize the group’s funds and far-right promotional material.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, “Anyone who fights against the basic values of our free society will feel the strong response of our government.” “There is no place in this country for a union that spreads hatred and works on the revival of the Nazi state.”
The Interior Ministry stated that the group members wanted to reestablish Nazi dictatorship and abolish democracy. The 44 alphabet in his name, stands for the fourth letter in DD, and is an abbreviation for Division Durlevangar. Oskar Dirlewanger was a Nazi war criminal and commander of the Nazi SS Special Unit.
Founded in 2016, the far-right group is known for its anti-Jewish and racist ideology as well as its violent and aggressive presence on public and social media.
On Tuesday, officers found knives, a matchbox, a crossbow and bayonets during the raid. They also seized Nazi devotional items such as swastikas and flags.
Earlier this year, the German government banned Combat 18 and other far-right groups, including Norddler.