Germany: We Unmasked Plot to Plunge Country Into Darkness


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Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  7 comments

By:   Arden Dier (Newser)

Germany: We Unmasked Plot to Plunge Country Into Darkness
A group linked to far-right movements in Germany plotted to "overthrow the democratic system" by trigging a nationwide blackout and civil war conditions, authorities...

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Group linked to far-right movements hoped to trigger civil war conditions: police

By Arden Dier, Newser Staff Posted Apr 14, 2022 2:41 PM CDT

(Newser) - A group linked to far-right movements in Germany plotted to "overthrow the democratic system" by trigging a nationwide blackout and civil war conditions, authorities say. The plot also involved kidnapping Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and other high-profile figures, according to the BBC. Authorities searched 20 properties in several states on Wednesday, seizing two dozen guns, including a Kalashnikov assault rifle; ammunition; cash in various currencies; gold bars; and forged COVID-19 vaccination certificates and tests, according to a joint statement from the prosecutor's office in Koblenz and Rhineland-Palatinate police. There were also "several written documents about the group's plans," per AFP.

Four people were arrested. A fifth suspect remains at large, per Reuters. All five German nationals, aged 41 to 55, are linked to the far-right "Reichsbuerger" movement, which denies the existence of the modern German state, and other movements in protest of COVID-19 restrictions, authorities say. Communicating in a 70-member chat group called United Patriots on the encrypted Telegram app, the suspects were "preparing explosive attacks and other acts of violence," the "kidnapping of well-known public figures," and the obliteration of the nation's energy infrastructure with the goal "to cause conditions similar to civil war and ultimately to overthrow the democratic system in Germany," authorities say.

Though different anti-vaccination activists are accused of plotting to murder the state premier of Saxony, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser says these "violent coup fantasies" represent a "new quality of threat," per AFP. "This is a small minority in our society but they are highly dangerous," Lauterbach said Thursday, noting he'd been given police protection. "This shows that COVID protests have not just radicalized but that this is about more than just COVID." Per AFP, Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz said some group members expressed support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, desiring that he would "be successful here in Germany so that other systems of government could take hold." (Read more Germany stories.)


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Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

Sooner or later one of these 'overthrow' plots is going to work. 

Professor Principal
1.1  Ender  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

The far right is trying to take over in France, Germany, US etc...

They are nothing but totalitarians using fear and intimidation to get what they want.

Professor Quiet
1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Invariably, history is known to repeat itself at one time or another in most countries, whether it be right or left wing movements.

Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

I wonder if any of them had a plan for what to do once they do overthrow the democratic system.  They were probably just thinking it would all be downhill from there, completely oblivious to the mountain of reality that would quickly bury them.

Professor Principal
2.1  Ender  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2    one month ago

Imagine the insanity of thinking the people would be on the side of the people that cause all the destruction.

Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
2.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Ender @2.1    one month ago

Not to mention the fact that the system they just dismantled is what keeps society functioning.  Now they get to figure that part out on the fly.  That’s the part that Libertarians are woefully unprepared for.  It would take them ten years to get that under control, and in the end the new system would end up being indistinguishable from the one they dismantled.  The rest of the developed world would get a ten year jump on them in every metric that matters, while they toiled to rebuild a government that they were unprepared to inherit.  This is what Afghanistan is suffering through (again) right now.

Professor Principal
2.1.2  Ender  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.1.1    one month ago

I can see it. No electricity, then there goes the food supply.


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