Plot to Overthrow German Government Thwarted

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German authorities dismantled an alleged plot to overthrow the government Wednesday, arresting 25 people.

Officials said the group had formed a council to plan for a new government once an armed revolt took place.

“Since November 2021, the members of the ‘Council’ have regularly met in secret to plan the intended takeover of power in Germany and the establishment of their own state structures,” the public prosecutor’s statement said, according to The Washington Post.

Prince Heinrich XIII, 71, of the royal House of Reuss, which had ruled parts of eastern Germany, allegedly contacted Russia for help in the plot, according to Reuters.

Prosecutors said more than 3,000 police officials and members of the security forces conducted raids in 11 German federal states, while other suspects were arrested in Austria and Italy.

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Reuters reported that the plot was linked to the Reichsbuerger (Citizens of the Reich) movement, whose members do not recognize current Germany as legitimate but have different far-right ideologies of what should replace it.

One active soldier and several reservists were also among those being investigated.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said those arrested were doing more than venting about the government, according to The Washington Post.

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“Of course, there are many busybodies who tell confused stories after drinking alcohol. Here, however, there were such strong suspicions that the group wanted to take violent action,” he said on Twitter, noting the group wanted to storm the Reichstag, the nation’s parliament building, by force.

“The investigations provide a glimpse into the abyss of a terrorist threat from the Reichsbuerger milieu. The suspected terrorist organization uncovered today is — according to the…


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