Status: 27/09/2023, 13:08 p.m.
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After the ban of a right-wing extremist association, several buildings of the völkisch settlers were searched on Wednesday in twelve federal states. The investigators were also on the road in Brandenburg.
Potsdam - After the ban of the right-wing extremist association "Die Artgemeinschaft - Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft wesensgerechte Lebensgestaltung", the police in the district of Elbe-Elster searched an apartment. This was the private home of at least one member of the right-wing extremist association, said a spokeswoman for the police in Potsdam. It did not provide more detailed information with reference to the ongoing measures.
Further searches against the settlers took place on Wednesday in a total of twelve federal states, according to the Ministry of the Interior in Berlin. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) had previously banned the association, which is attributed to the milieu of ethnic settlers. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the ban had been prepared for more than a year. The findings of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution were decisive.
In a statement, Faeser described "Die Artgemeinschaft" as a "sect-like, deeply racist and anti-Semitic association". The minister also justified her decision with the best interests of the child. She said: "This right-wing extremist group has tried to raise new enemies of the constitution through a disgusting indoctrination of children and young people."
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the ban also includes all sub-organizations of the movement, which, according to the ministry's estimates, has around 150 members. These included so-called "companionships", "guilds", "circles of friends" and an association called "Familienwerk". According to the information, searches were also carried out in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. From security circles, it was said that a larger settlement for communal living had not been founded by the "Artgemeinschaft".
Last week, Faeser had already banned the elite neo-Nazi group "Hammerskins Germany". The now banned "species community" is no less dangerous, especially due to the "manipulatively indoctrinating education of their children" and the distribution of corresponding writings, said the minister.
In justifying the ban, her ministry stated that the settler movement was spreading a world view that violated human dignity under the guise of a pseudo-religious Germanic belief in the gods. The central goal was the preservation and promotion of one's own "kind", which was to be equated with the National Socialist concept of "race". Dpa