독일, 반정부 극단주의자 용의자, 정전으로 체포, 납치 계획, 당국은 말한다

Koblenz prosecutors and Rhineland-Palatinate’s state criminal police office said raids were carried out at 20 작년에 시작된 조사 후 수요일 독일 전역의 부동산.

파일: German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach addressing the media during a press conference in Berlin, 독일, 금요일, 2 월. 25, 2022.

파일: German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach addressing the media during a press conference in Berlin, 독일, 금요일, 2 월. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, 파일)

The suspects were members of a chat group calledUnited Patriotson the Telegram messaging service.

Investigators said the suspects had ties to protest movements against COVID-related restrictions and with the Reich Citizens movement, which dispute Germany’s post-World War II order.

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Authorities allege that the group aimed to destroy electricity supply facilities and cause a nationwide blackout, producingconditions similar to civil warand overthrowing the country’s democratic system.

Police seized nearly two dozen firearms, including a Kalashnikov rifle, 탄약, money and forged COVID-19 vaccination and test certificates.

People wait in a long line to be vaccinated against the coronavirus during a vaccination campaign of the DRK, German Red Cross, in front of the town hall in Pirna, 독일, 월요일, 11 월. 15, 2021.

People wait in a long line to be vaccinated against the coronavirus during a vaccination campaign of the DRK, German Red Cross, in front of the town hall in Pirna, 독일, 월요일, 11 월. 15, 2021. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

Investigators also said they planned to kidnap well-known public figures, like Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. He said that protests against coronavirus restrictions have morphed into more radical demands to overthrow the government.

The whole thing shows that corona protests have not just become more radical, but that it is now about more than corona — that there is an attempt here to destabilize the state,” 그는 기자들에게 말했다. “This is a small minority in our society, but highly dangerous.

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용의자, all German citizens, are accused of preparing a serious act of violence and of violating weapons laws.

We are dealing with a mixture consisting of conspiracy theorists, opponents of vaccination but also Reich Citizens that we hadn’t seen in this form so far,” said the head of Rhineland-Palatinate state’s criminal police office, Johannes Kunz.

He said group members repeatedly expressed their disdain for the German state, expressing the wish that Russian President Vladimir Putin should not just attack Ukraine but also invade Germany, news agency dpa reported.

Police officers arrest a man during a demonstration against restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Berlin, 독일, 토요일, 할 수있다 16, 2020.

Police officers arrest a man during a demonstration against restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Berlin, 독일, 토요일, 할 수있다 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Prosecutor Juergen Brauer said the group’s procurement of weapons and money made clear to investigators that they were dealingdangerous criminalsnot justcranks.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that the investigation pointed toa serious terrorist threat,” and that the Lauterbach kidnapping plan and fantasies about overthrowing democracy constitutea new quality of threat.

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