Germany Conducts Mass Raids Against Neo-Nazi Groups

German police officers conducted raids on suspected neo-Nazi groups in 11 German federal states.

Almost 800 German police searched the residences of 50 suspected right-wing extremists allegedly involved in the neo-Nazi organizations Atomwaffen Division (AWD), Combat 18 (C18) and Knockout 51 (K51).

During the operations, authorities arrested four suspects believed to be leaders of K51.

The German government announced last month it will take actions against racism and right-wing extremism.

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international media outlet, reported that the government has been investigating neo-Nazi organizations in Germany. In 2019, the state’s prosecutor’s office began its investigation on ten suspected members of the AWD. The police targeted five of the ten suspects during the raid operation on Wednesday.

The German government said it is aware of neo-Nazi presence in Germany. Reports said that right-extremists have killed 218 people in the country since 1989.

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