SUSPECTED far-right extremists have been arrested in raids across Germany on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
Federal prosecutors said some 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany’s 16 states against adherents of the so-called Reich Citizens movement.
Some members of the grouping reject Germany’s postwar constitution and have called for a coup on the government.
Prosecutors said 22 German citizens were detained on suspicion of “membership in a terrorist organisation.”
Three other people, including a Russian citizen, are suspected of supporting the group, قالوا.
Weekly Der Spiegel reported that locations searched included the barracks of Germany’s special forces unit KSK in the southwestern town of Calw.
The unit has in the past been scrutinised over alleged far-right involvement by some soldiers.
Federal prosecutors declined to confirm or deny that the barracks were searched.
Along with detentions in Germany, prosecutors said that one person was detained in the Austrian town of Kitzbuehel and another in the Italian city of Perugia.
Prosecutors said the suspected ringleaders, identified only as Heinrich XIII P R and Rdiger v P, are accused of last year founding a terrorist organisation with the goal of overturning the existing state order in Germany and replace it with their own form of state, which was already in the course of being founded.
The suspects were aware that their aim could only be achieved by military means and with force, قال المدعون.
They are alleged to have believed in a conglomerate of conspiracy theories consisting of narratives from the so-called Reich Citizens as well as QAnon ideology, according to a statement by prosecutors.