German counterintelligence warns of “the risk of armed violence” in the country

2022-01-13 12:57

2022-01-13 12:57

/ Reuters

Extremist and terrorist movements use weakened critical infrastructure during a pandemic, especially now when the omicron variant is dominant, and call for “Day X” – warns the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (counterintelligence service) from Thuringia, which sees in this connection “the risk of an explosion armed violence ”in Germany.

When the first lockdowns and security rules were introduced in the spring of 2020 to protect society from the development of the coronavirus epidemic, “resistance groups” were formed after a short time, “Frankfurter Rundschau” describes on Thursday.

Thanks to the “lateral thinkers” movement, a group was formed that first organized demonstrations in Baden-Württemberg and then throughout Germany. Opponents of anti-pandemic measures, which include a large group of coronasceptics, “shared violence and far-right views”, which dominated numerous protests.

The authorities are currently sounding the alarm: the highly contagious variant of Omikron is spreading rapidly in Germany, which, according to many experts, could increase the number of sick days and quarantines, including in critical infrastructure. “And this could be an opportunity for right-wing extremists,” explains Frankfurter Rundschau.

According to Stephan Kramer, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Thuringia, representatives of the right-wing extremist are preparing to use this time of mass weakening of the police and security authorities to organize “X Day”. Kramer does not believe that the extremists are now able to “bring chaos to the entire Federal Republic,” which, however, does not reduce the risk of armed explosions.

For the extremist right, “Day X” is the moment when a long-planned coup would actually be carried out and carried out. “Therefore, we cannot rule out violent attacks now,” emphasized Kramer.

Thomas Haldenwang, head of the federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said in an interview with Stern magazine that at present it is difficult to distinguish coronasceptics protesting against the restrictions from extremist groups during the demonstrations. “Especially in the east of the country, we are seeing right-wing extremist groups such as” Freie Sachsen “trying to organize demonstrations, Haldenwang added.

He also believes that the largest group in the demonstrations of coronasceptics are those “excluded by the state”. “They are people who, disappointed, turn away from the state, feel forgotten, endangered, and limited in their rights. And that can act as a catalyst for drifting into extremism, ”Haldenwang explained.

An example of such a radicalized group is “Dresden offline networking”, which planned to murder the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer (CDU) in December. “The Office for the Protection of the Constitution helped identify members of this group,” Haldenwang said.

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