German Spy Agency to Monitor Anti-Lockdown Movement Querdenker

The German interior ministry announced that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) would be conducting surveillance against the “Querdenker” anti-lockdown movement.

The interior ministry explained that there were concerns that Querdenker posed a threat to democracy and have ties to the far-right extremists.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said surveillance was aimed at “preventing problems and crimes” after Querdenker members have recently started using violence.

BfV spokeswoman Angela Pley said Querdenker has organized disruptive anti-lockdown protests and has conspiracy theorists and suspected far-right members in their ranks.

The BfV also suspected that Querdenker had an agenda that linked them to the Reichsbürger (Reich Citizens) and Selbstverwalter (Sovereign Citizens) movements who reject the authority of the German government and spread anti-Semitic slurs.

“Legitimate protests against the coronavirus politics are being repeatedly and increasingly exploited to provoke an escalation,” said Pley.

The BfV would now be given their classification before being observed because they are considered neither left or right wing.

Querdenker will be classified as an “anti-democratic and/or delegitimizing the state in a way that endangers security” group and would be subjected to the same intelligence work as other groups.

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