Neo-Nazi marksmen train for doomsday: German spy agency
Preparing for societal collapse, neo-Nazis in Germany ordered 200 body bags and quicklime and used police databases to make up lists of politicians to target, the domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, has reported.
Preparing for “Day X”, more than 30 preppers belonged to Nordkreuz (Northern Cross), the agency said. Most were associated with the police and military, including one current member of the elite state police special forces in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Between 2000 and 2007, the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Underground murdered 10 people, mostly migrants. A parliamentary review found that the authorities had repeatedly blundered during the investigations, with documents and evidence lost once it became clear the suspects were right-wing extremists.
The German government said last week that eight members of neo-Nazi group “Revolution Chemnitz” were arrested last October in the wake of a series of violent, far-right rallies in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.
The Märkische Allgemeine reported in 2017 that Nordkreuz members described themselves as having a “healthy conservative attitude” and collecting supplies for a major disaster.
The members were all trained marksmen and had access to firearms and ammunition, according to sources at the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).
The BfV said police computers had been used to compile 25,000 names and addresses of centrist politicians from the Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Greens and Left party. All of the politicians were associated with “pro-refugee” policies.
Nordkreuz targets were concentrated in the states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg in northeastern Germany, and primarily the towns of Wismar, Ludwigslust and Schwerin.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, former President Joachim Gauck and Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth were also on the list.
Three Nordkreuz members are under investigation in Schwerin for allegedly stealing 10,000 rounds of ammunition and a rifle from the state police.
A neo-Nazi man has confessed to assassinating Walter Lübcke, a pro-migrant CDU politician from the central German city of Kassel.
Lübcke was murdered at his home on June 2 after being shot in the head at close range.
The 45-year-old suspect had a string of convictions, including an attempted pipe bombing of an asylum shelter in 1993 and an assault at an extreme-right march in Dortmund in 2009, the authorities said.
The German military is regarded as a breeding ground for far-right extremism. Picture credit: Wikimedia