On December 7, the German police conducted a major operation against the far-right movement. 3000 policemen were involved in this operation. They searched more than 150 locations in several federal states, as well as Kitzbühel in Austria and Perugia in Italy.

In the spring of 2022, the Hessian State Office for the Protection of the Constitution became aware of a plot led by Prince Heinrich XIII of Reus, a real estate entrepreneur in Frankfurt-Main and owner of a hunting lodge in Bad Lohenstein. He was arrested along with 24 other suspects. The investigation of 27 more people continues.

Heinrich XIII is considered by the federal prosecutor to be the central figure of the group “Reichsbürger” (“movement of citizens of the Empire”). “second Reich”. It was a federal empire marked by the personality of William I (1871-1888), then William II (1888-1918).
After this coup, Henry XIII was to be appointed regent.

The Prince has a neo-Gothic hunting lodge “Vaidmannsheil” in Saaldorf an der Saale, where the “Citizens of the Empire” met several times to plan their future activities.

Reuss also tapped into myths with thinly veiled anti-Semitic overtones. For him, “representatives of the Rothschild dynasty” were behind such upheavals as the French Revolution; The United States “financed Hitler’s regime”; the wars were started “to advance the propaganda of the Jewish population”… To this anti-Semitism must be added the sick conspiracy and supposed anti-vax culture.
In July this year, Prince Heinrich XIV, a spokesman for the House of Reuss, described him as a “confused old man” who was “now caught up in conspiracy theory misconceptions”. Heinrich XIII voluntarily left the family 14 years ago and is now being ostracized due to “conspiracy dreams”.

Henry XIII is said to have contacted representatives from Russia through his young mistress Vitalya B. to enlist his support. But according to the prosecutor general, there is no indication that Russian contacts have responded positively to his request for “cooperation”.

The home of Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, a former AfD (Alternative for Germany) member of the Bundestag in Berlin’s Wannsee residential area, was also searched. He was arrested by the Federal Criminal Police Department.
A law graduate and member of the AfD’s Bundestag from 2017 to 2021, he was considered part of the party’s extremist “wing”. After leaving the Bundestag, he returned to the Berlin District Court as a judge. According to the public prosecutor, he should have been responsible for justice after the coup led by the “Reichsbürger” group.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has been monitoring the group since the mid-2010s. According to the German domestic intelligence service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz), about 5% of the 21,000 followers counted in 2021 could be classified as right-wing. extremists. But in general, its members do not recognize the German state and reject the powers of the government. It is a patchwork of small groups scattered across the country united behind this common belief. Some even wish to create their own autonomous states.
The movement’s historical revisionism makes its members potential allies for right-wing extremist and anti-Semitic groups in Germany.

German judicial authorities also note that the “QAnon ideology” was an important source of inspiration for the group. QAnon is a conspiracy theory that claims a network of liberal elites rules the world while trafficking children to sexually exploit them and harvest “rejuvenating chemicals” from their bodies.
This “satanic” theory began on the North American continent and then spread abroad, especially in Germany, where the Reichsbürger units welcomed it most cordially, sometimes denying their own beliefs.

A particular interpretation of the group, which broke up on December 7, is that Germany is apparently controlled by the “deep state”, but a secret “alliance” that includes the US and Russia will soon liberate Germany. After this “liberation”, Germany will be able to conclude a “peace treaty” with the members of the “alliance”, because the main demand of the “Reichsbürger” movement is that Germany is still an occupied country, because it never was. A formal peace treaty signed with the Allied powers after World War II.

The “Reichsbürger” members, who emerged in the 1980s, were long thought to be naked, but the radicalization of some gradually alerted the security services, already vulnerable to far-right activities in the army and police. In addition, former members of the KSK, the Bundeswehr’s special “commando special forces”, will also be recruited.

October 19, 2016 was a turning point in the assessment of the dangerousness of the movement. One of its members killed an SEK (Spezialeinsatzkommandos, Special Intervention Commandos) policeman in Georgensmund, Bavaria, who came to confiscate his weapons, which were ordered to be taken from him by a court order.

The goal of this group was to “overthrow the existing state order in Germany and replace it with another form of government that has been extensively developed.” Activists envisioned “using military force and violence against state officials” to the point of “murdering” to achieve their goals.
According to the public prosecutor, the members of the association would have prepared “the forcible intervention of a small armed group in the German Bundestag”.
He also revealed in October that members of the group were scouting Bundeswehr barracks in Hesse, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg “to deploy their troops”.

In recent years, Berlin has ranked the far-right as the number one potential threat to public order, ahead of even the risk of jihad. In the spring, another far-right group suspected of attacks and the kidnapping of the Minister of Health was disbanded at the start of anti-Covid restrictions.

All this information should be taken with due caution. If the police operation did indeed take place, it will be interesting to see what the German courts ultimately decide against the defendants. Above all, it is the true significance of the “conspiracy” that raises questions.
Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, believes that other suspects will be arrested in the near future. Neither Münch nor Thomas Haldenwang, president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, doubts the seriousness of the alleged coup plans of the “Citizens of the Empire”. Haldenwang even spoke of a “very real threat” from the group.
Federal prosecutor Peter Frank also emphasized: “We assume that the people of the association are determined to act.” […] Therefore, it was right to take action now and terminate the group’s activities.”

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