Friday, 28 January 2022

Germany bans Combat 18 as police raid neo-Nazi group

Germany has banned the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 and launched raids across the country in an attempt to crack down on the organisation, officials say. "Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place in our society", Germany's

interior ministry said.

Combat 18 takes its name from the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's initials, referencing the first and eighth letters of the alphabet.

The group originated in the UK in the 1990s but spread to other countries.

On Thursday, more than 200 police officers searched several properties belonging to leading members across six German states, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a statement.

According to the ministry the decision was made following the murder last June of pro-migrant German politician Walter Lübcke, and the deadly attack months later on a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle.

"The hideous murder of district president Dr Walter Lübcke and... the terrorist act in Halle last year have shown us, brutally, that right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism are a significant danger to our free society," the minister said.

Items recovered during the raids, which took place in the early hours of Thursday, included mobile phones, laptops, clothing, Nazi memorabilia and propaganda materials, the statement added.

The ministry added that, separate to the incidents mentioned by Mr Seehofer, the purpose of Combat 18 and its activities contravened Germany's constitutional law and order.

Neo-Nazi groups are already outlawed in many European countries.

Last February, French President Emmanuel Macron said his government would act to dissolve Combat 18 and other extreme-right groups, which he said had fuelled hatred and promoted discrimination.

The move followed a series of high-profile anti-Semitic attacks in France.

The crackdown in Germany comes on the day that world leaders meet in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Combat 18 is still believed to have a small presence in the UK. Suspected members of the group have for years been banned from joining the police and prison services.

Read 145 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Login to post comments
Post-Brexit talks: We'll find
The head of the UK's unions has warned Boris Johnson she
Five dead in Milwaukee
Five people have been killed in a shooting at the Molson
Trump names VP Pence to lead
President Donald Trump has appointed Vice-President Mike
Post-Brexit talks: UK
The UK has warned the EU it will walk away from trade talks
Coronavirus: Two new cases
Two more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in
Greek protests: Dozens hurt
More than 60 people have been hurt, many of them riot
Budget 2020: Chancellor must
The new chancellor must raise taxes in his first Budget or
Health officials: Coronavirus
Health officials in the US have warned Americans to brace


A man has been
Researchers say
A law introducing
US scientists are
The Yazidi

Hot News

Featured photos and videos

One show at Paris Fashion Week proved to be
Saudi Arabia has temporarily halted the entry of
Taylor Swift plays a man-spreading, cigar
Five people have been killed in a shooting at the
President Donald Trump has appointed
Two more patients have tested positive for
More than 60 people have been hurt, many of them
At least 20 civilians, including nine children,
Template Settings


For each color, the params below will give default values
Black Blue Brow Green Cyan


Background Color
Text Color
Layout Style
Select menu
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family