Germany arrests 25 suspected far-right plans to overthrow the state

BERLIN — German authorities on Wednesday arrested 25 members and supporters of a far-right group prosecutors say is preparing a violent overthrow of the state, with some members suspected of planning an armed attack on parliament.

An active soldier and several reservists are being investigated, a spokesman for military intelligence told Reuters. The active soldier is a member of the Special Forces Command, it said.

Among those arrested were a former member of parliament from the far-right Alternative Für Deutschland (AfD), who serves as a judge in Berlin, and a former member of a German royal family.

The investigators suspect that individual members of the group had concrete plans to storm the Bundestag in Berlin with a small armed group, the public prosecutor said.

Police secure the area after 25 suspected members and supporters of a far-right group were arrested in raids across Germany on December 7, 2022 in Berlin.

Police secure the area after 25 suspected members and supporters of a far-right group were arrested in raids across Germany on December 7, 2022.


An active soldier and several reservists are among those being investigated by the far-right group trying to overthrow the government December 7, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.

An active soldier and several reservists are among those being investigated by the far-right group trying to overthrow the government December 7, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.


One of the suspects identified as Heinrich XIII under German data protection law. PR has approached officials from Russia, who the group sees as a key point of contact for establishing its new order, the bureau said. There is no evidence that the representatives responded positively to the request.

Heinrich, who hails from the Reuss royal family that rules parts of East Germany, was thought to be the designated leader in the group’s future state, while another suspect, Rüdiger v Büro, said.

Masked police officers lead an arrested suspect to a police vehicle during a raid December 7, 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Masked police officers lead an arrested suspect to a police vehicle during a raid December 7, 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany.
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The House of Reuss had previously distanced itself from Heinrich and, according to local media, described him as a confused man who pursued conspiracy theories. The house did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to the public prosecutor, the raids were carried out by more than 3,000 police officers and security forces in eleven German states. Suspects were arrested in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia as well as in Austria and Italy, the office said.

German special police units patrol and search the area in eastern Germany December 7, 2022 during early morning raids against members of a far-right terror group.
German special police units patrol and search the area in eastern Germany December 7, 2022 during early morning raids against members of a far-right terror group.
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The suspects are accused of having been preparing actions based on their ideology since the end of November 2021 at the latest, according to the office. Those actions include procuring equipment, recruiting new members and holding shooting lessons, he added.

The focus of the recruitment efforts are primarily members of the military and police officers, the office said.

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