German police raid ‘far-right terror group that planned to overthrow the authorities’ 

Police have at this time raided an alleged far-right German terror group led by a person claiming descent from an historical royal line accused of plotting to overthrow the authorities and set up him as monarch. 

Prince Heinrich XIII, 71 and thought to declare descent from the House of Reuss, was named amongst 25 arrested after police raided 130 places together with a palace in the state of Thuringia – the ancestral seat of the household. 

Prince Heinrich XIV Reuss of Greiz, present head of the House of Reuss-Greiz, denounced his relative in an announcement after the raids – branding him a ‘confused previous man’ who left the household 14 years in the past and has not been involved since. 

Also arrested have been a 69-year-old former paratrooper named Ruediger v. P. and a former AfD member of the Bundestag and Berlin choose Birgit M.-W., 58.

Henrich XIII, Prince of Reuss, has been recognized as considered one of 25 folks arrested and accused of plotting a far-right coup towards the German authorities

3,000 German officers have been concerned in raids on 130 places throughout Germany (pictured) together with a forest palace in the state of Thuringia – ancestral seat of the House of Reuss

Police lead away a suspect, recognized by German media as former AfD metropolis councilor Christian W., after raids throughout the nation at this time

Prosecutors say the group – allied underneath the Reichsbürger banner which rejects the fashionable state in favour of the German Reich – planned to overthrow the authorities and located a brand new state with Heinrich as its monarch. 

Federal prosecutors mentioned Heinrich had contacted Russian officers with the purpose of negotiating a brand new order as soon as the German authorities was overthrown.

He was allegedly assisted on this by a Russian girl, Vitalia B.

‘According to present investigations there isn’t a indication nevertheless that the individuals contacted responded positively to his request,’ prosecutors mentioned.

Coup plotters had already chosen who can be in command of numerous ministries inside the new authorities, Bild experiences, and had acquired numerous legally-purchased weapons.

Former troopers of the Bundeswehr have been concerned in the plans, Bild provides, which have been ongoing since not less than November 2021. 

Suspects have been arrested in the German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Thuringia in addition to in Austria and Italy.

Der Spiegel reported that places searched embrace the barracks of Germany’s particular forces unit KSK in the southwestern city of Calw. 

The unit has in the previous been scrutinized over alleged far-right involvement by some troopers.Federal prosecutors refused to verify or deny the barracks was searched.

Prosecutors mentioned these detained fashioned a ‘terrorist group with the aim of overturning the present state order in Germany and substitute it with their very own type of state, which was already in the course of being based.’

The suspects have been conscious that their purpose may solely be achieved by navy means and with pressure, prosecutors mentioned.

Some of the group’s members had made ‘concrete preparations’ to storm Parliament with a small armed group, in accordance to prosecutors. 

Police raid a property in Frankfurt early Wednesday on the hunt for alleged plotters of a coup to overthrow the authorities and convey again a monarch

Police officers are pictured throughout anti-terror raids in the German capital of Berlin

A automobile workshop in the Ore Mountains is searched by police, considered one of 130 raids carried out throughout Germany at this time in quest of an alleged far-right terror group

‘The particulars (of this plan) nonetheless want to be investigated’ to decide whether or not any of the suspects will be charged with treason, they mentioned.

The group is alleged to have believed in a ‘conglomerate of conspiracy theories consisting of narratives from the so-called Reich Citizens in addition to QAnon ideology,’ in accordance to the assertion. 

Prosecutors added that members of the group additionally imagine Germany is dominated by a so-called ‘deep state’.

Prosecutors mentioned 22 German residents have been detained on suspicion of ‘membership in a terrorist group.’ 

Three different folks, together with a Russian citizen, are suspected of supporting the group, they mentioned.

Prosecutors mentioned that one particular person was detained in the Austrian city of Kitzbuehel and one other in the Italian metropolis of Perugia. 

It seems the arrested Prince Heinrich claims descent from the House of Reuss which existed in Germany from the early eleventh century till the abolition of the monarchy in 1918.

All male descendants of this home have been named Heinrich after Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor, to whom they owed their titles and lands.

Each Heinrich was given a quantity after their identify which went from 1 to 100 after which restarted from the starting – that means that, although there have been many Heinrichs by means of historical past, it’s potential a Heinrich XIII can be alive at this time. 

In 1778 Heinrich XI was elevated to princely standing, after which all of his male heirs additionally used the title. 

The home maintained lands in the modern-day state of Thuringa, with German press saying police raided a palace in the similar state at this time. 

Prosecutors say the plotters planned a violent overthrow of the authorities to re-establish the German Reich with Heinrich as its head 

Plotters had devised a brand new authorities structure and appointed heads of ministries inside it, prosecutors mentioned, and had reached out to Russian officers for assist 

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