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Raids in Germany after the ban on the neo-Nazi group Combat 18

January 23, 2020

BERLIN, Jan. 23 (DPA / EP) –

The German Police on Thursday carried out raids in six states of the country in relation to the ban on the extreme right group Combat 18, previously decreed by the German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer.

According to the Ministry itself, agents have been seized during the operations of various blunt objects, such as a baseball bat with nails, a telescopic baton, an irritating gas and a mace.

During the operation, in which 210 police officers from all over the country participated, mobile phones, laptops, hard drives, and Nazi aesthetic objects and propaganda were also collected. The Ministry has reported that no firearms have been found.

“Today's prohibition is a clear message: right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place in our society,” said Seehofer.

The minister has justified the ban on the group for the attempt of its members to spread their “inhuman attitude” in society, especially through the production of songs of far-right content and its subsequent distribution.

“From its relevance, the group acts as a model among right-wing extremists and is revered as a symbol of the violent extreme right,” he added.

Combat 18, considered an armed arm of the forbidden neo-Nazi network Blood and Honor, is active in several European countries and its name refers to the first and eighth letters of the alphabet, A and H, recognized as the initials of Adolf Hitler.