A German prince, a former far-right lawmaker, a serving soldier, former police officers, and members of the elite special forces were all held.
Germany: A German prince, a former far-right lawmaker, a serving soldier, former police officers, and members of the elite special forces were all held.
The idea was to storm the German parliament, detain the members, and kill the chancellor. A former far-right member of Parliament would be given control over a national purge, and a prince descending from German nobility would become the new head of state.
To facilitate the coup, the electricity network would be sabotaged. Satellite phones to communicate off the grid had already been bought.
A nationwide far-right terrorist network in Germany allegedly planned to carry out that, according to German prosecutors and intelligence officials, before 3,000 police officers and members of the Special Forces fanned out across the nation on Wednesday to raid 150 homes and detain 25 suspected accomplices. They consisted of at least two army reservists, a police officer, a former officer in the elite special forces, and a soldier on current duty.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz was listed among 18 other politicians on a list of suspected opponents that was found, according to persons familiar with the raids who spoke to The New York Times on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the inquiry.
It is unclear whether the conspirators were even close to attempting to carry out their plan, or how capable they would have been at carrying it out: Some intelligence officials claim that the organisation twice missed the dates on which they intended to launch their attack. Prosecutors claimed that several of those detained were known to be highly armed and described the conspiracy as arguably the brazenest in Germany’s postwar history, one that was directed squarely at the centre of the government.
“This is an increase of the situation. Stephan Kramer, head of internal intelligence for the state of Thuringia, where several of the raids took place, said that they had intentions to march into Berlin and overthrow a portion of the federal government. “They were prepared to tolerate deaths as part of their goal to overthrow the government.”
Prosecutors claimed that the attackers appeared ready to use violence. The prosecutor’s statement further stated that “members of the organisation were aware that this purpose could only be attained by the use of military measures and violence against state representatives.” “This also includes ordering murders.”
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