When the first lockdowns and security rules were introduced in spring 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” that dominated numerous protests.
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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 services to organize “X Day”. Kramer does not believe that the extremists are currently able to “bring chaos across the 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. “That is why we cannot rule out violent attacks at the moment,” emphasized Kramer.
“It’s hard to tell koornasceptics from extremists”
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. “In the east of the country in particular, we see right-wing extremist groups such as” Freie Sachsen “trying to organize demonstrations, Haldenwang added.
He also believes that the largest group in the demonstrations by coronasceptics are those “excluded by the state”. “They are disenchanted people who turn away from the state, feel forgotten, endangered, limited in their rights. And this can act as a catalyst for drifting into extremism,” Haldenwang explained.
An example of such a radicalized group is “Dresden offline networking”, which planned the murder of Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) in December. “The Office for the Protection of the Constitution helped identify members of this group,” Haldenwang said.