Germany uncovers suspected far-right 'Reichsbuerger' in armed forces


BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany military intelligence has opened an investigation into eight civilian employees of the armed forces suspected of belonging to the far-right "Reichsbuerger" movement that denies the existence of the modern German state.

"We don't tolerate enemies of the constitution in the Bundeswehr," Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday, referring to the armed forces.

The tip-off leading to the investigation came from the military, she added.

Members of the Reichsbuerger (Citizens of the Reich) do not recognise modern-day Germany as a legitimate state, and insist the former, far larger "Deutsche Reich" still exists despite Nazi Germany's defeat in World War Two.

"It is very important to act wherever there is suspicion, no matter if we are talking about small or major cases," Alexander Neu, a lawmaker from the opposition far-left Linke party, told Reuters.

Last week, German authorities uncovered a group of soldiers suspected of organising a chat group relating to anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and pornography, according to a Defence Ministry document seen by Reuters.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In World

'No plan, no Q, nothing': QAnon followers reel as Biden inaugurated
WiFi 6E: what difference will it make for me?
U.S. crude oil inventories up last week: API
EBRD invests 812 mln euros in Ukraine in 2020
ICU nurse receives first COVID-19 vaccine in Panama
Biden signs executive order on mask challenge amid COVID-19
U.S.-listed Chinese firms trade mostly higher
U.S. stocks hit fresh records as Biden sworn in as president
Trump's vice president Pence applauds successor at inauguration
NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations up to 9,273, positivity rate down to 6.84 pct: governor

Stories You'll Enjoy