BERLIN (AP) — The German authorities on Wednesday banned a far-right, racist group recognized for its indoctrination of youngsters as police raided dozens of houses of its members and different buildings early within the morning.
An announcement from the German inside ministry mentioned it banned the Artgemeinschaft group, an anti-democratic affiliation with round 150 members. All of its sub-organizations, together with the Gefaehrtschaften, Gilden, Freundeskreise, and Familienwerk e.V., have been additionally banned, the ministry mentioned.
“We’re banning a sectarian, deeply racist and antisemitic affiliation,” Inside Minister Nancy Faeser mentioned.
“That is one other onerous blow towards right-wing extremism and (these) who proceed to unfold Nazi ideologies to at the present time,” she mentioned, including that the group had tried to indoctrinate their youngsters and younger individuals with their anti-democratic ideology.
Underneath the duvet of a pseudo-religious Germanic perception in gods, the Artgemeinschaft unfold its Nazi worldview, the ministry mentioned.
“The group’s central aim was the preservation and promotion of 1’s personal ‘variety,’ which could be equated with the Nationwide Socialist time period ‘race’,” in line with the assertion.
Along with the ideology of racial doctrine, the symbolism, narratives and actions of the group confirmed additional parallels to the Nazis’ ideology.
The group gave its members directions on how to decide on a “correct partner” throughout the Northern and Central European “humankind” with the intention to move on the “appropriate” genetic make-up in line with the affiliation’s racist ideology.
Folks of different origins have been degraded, the ministry mentioned in its assertion.
In early morning raids throughout 12 states, police searched 26 residences of 39 group members in addition to the group’s clubhouses.
Final week, the German authorities banned the neo-Nazi group Hammerskins Germany and raided houses of dozens of its members.
The group was an offshoot of an American ring-wing extremist group and performed a distinguished function within the far-right scene throughout Europe.