Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group, police raid properties | Germany

According to security officials, the goal of the Wolf Brigade 44 group is to restore a Nazi dictatorship.

Police searched houses in three states early Tuesday after the federal government banned a far-right group, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

The houses of 13 members of the right-wing extremist group Wolfbrigade 44 were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia in order to confiscate the group’s funds and right-wing propaganda material, the German news agency dpa reported.

“Anyone who fights against the basic values ​​of our free society will feel the decisive reaction of our government,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, according to his spokesman Steve Alter.

According to security officials, the aim of the group is to restore a Nazi dictatorship. The 44 in their name stands for the fourth letter in the alphabet, DD, and is an abbreviation for Division Dirlewanger. Oskar Dirlewanger was a well-known Nazi war criminal and commander of a Nazi SS special unit.

The right-wing extremist group was founded in 2016. She is known for possessing illegal weapons and members have participated in far-right protests.

At the beginning of this year, the federal government banned other right-wing extremist groups such as Combat 18 and the North Eagle, reported dpa.

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