Have military coups become possible in long-standing democratic countries, whereby a group of extreme right-wingers, backed by racist army and police officers, plan to overthrow the regime and form a government that fits their crazy ideology? Many still consider what happened on Wednesday, December 7 as some kind of bad joke, or the delusions of some racists obsessed with conspiracy theories. So what was the movement of the Reichsburg “Sovereign Citizens of the Empire” behind the planning of the coup? What are his goals? And who is its leader, a former German prince who was captured? For the answer we must read the story of its beginning and in its details.
On Wednesday, December 7, news agencies reported; In the biggest ever raid targeting right-wing extremists, German police carried out massive raids on members of the Reichsburg movement in Frankfurt, and German authorities arrested 25 people suspected of plotting to overthrow the government and installing a shadow regime led by a 71-year-old aristocrat and seeking talks with Russia to renegotiate the post-World War II settlement. On Thursday, December 8, the head of the German Federal Criminal Police, Holger Munch, quickly revised the number of suspects to 52, including 23 currently in custody, adding that more raids and arrests were expected in the coming days.
German officials have repeatedly warned that right-wing extremists pose a threat to the country’s internal security, and that threat was highlighted after the killing of a regional politician.
Details have spread in the 24 hours since the dawn attacks on Wednesday, as they revealed more details about the scheme for running the group’s “council” for the Federal Republic as a “German principality” after the violent coup. The aristocrat Heinrich XIII, Prince Reuss, would become head of state, with an obscure corporate lawyer from Hanover, who would be foreign minister, and with an obscure doctor from a village in Lower Saxony to run the Ministry of Health. In a video uploaded on November 27, one of the conspirators spoke of a “historic disruption that will take place in the coming weeks, hopefully before Christmas.” German police reports revealed news of the seizure of weapons in 50 of the 150 properties inspected, but declined to specify the type of arsenal the investigators discovered. Official statements raised concerns about the putschists’ ties to the military. The man, described by prosecutors as the leader of the group’s “military wing”, Rüdiger von Pescator, was once a commander in the 251st Parachute Battalion, a elite fighting force that was incorporated under the Special Operations Forces Command (SOC). KSK. One of the suspects, who was arrested on Wednesday, was still a sergeant in charge of logistics at KSK, which led to a raid on his office in the Special Forces barracks in the southwestern town of Kalu. The military unit is allowed access to ammunition. depots. The KSK has been the source of a steady stream of far-right scandals in recent years, leading to repeated calls on the German street for its dissolution. In 2020, the KSK was disbanded after the police seized weapons and ammunition during a raid on the property of one of its soldiers in East Saxony.
Statements by the official authorities indicated that the arrested suspects belonged to an organization of conspiracy theorists, and that the “Reichsburg” or (Reich Sovereign Citizens) was a fringe organization with an estimated number
With 21,000, the statements of the “Reichsburg” group confirm that the German government has been illegal since the end of World War II. They believe that the German constitution, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and the German parliament, the Bundestag, are part of a system put in place by the Allies at the end of World War II to make Germany a vassal of their interests. Some members of the group have made “concrete preparations” to storm the German federal parliament with a small armed group, according to Germany’s public prosecutor. Home Affairs Minister Nancy Feather said Wednesday’s raids showed that “we know how to defend ourselves very vigorously against the enemies of democracy”. “The investigation provides insight into the depths of the terrorist threat within the Reich Citizens organization, but further investigation will give a clearer picture of the extent to which the state capture plans have reached,” she added. On the other hand, the tweet by the leader of the Left Party, Dietmar Bartsch, “Meet the man who wanted to be king of Germany,” was a wonderful tweet on social media, and opened the door to the life of this shell to keep person, Heinrich XIII, Prince Reuss, as he knows himself, on Although the first democratic constitution in Germany after the First World War (1914-1918) the royal titles, legal titles and privileges of the nobility and the special immunity they enjoyed, formally abolished. More than a century ago, the ancestors of Heinrich XIII controlled the city of Gera and its surrounding areas in what is now the East German state of Thuringia. Henry XIII, who was married to a model and a fan of motor racing, spent years campaigning to rebuild his family mausoleum in the center of Gera. Like other family members – the prince has five siblings – Heinrich sought compensation from the German state for art and cultural assets confiscated from his family. As a result, the group of heirs received €3.1 million in 2017. The former prince, 71, split his time between Frankfurt, where his property development company is based, and his hunting lodge in Thuringia in which he housed Reichsburg sympathizers. In addition to a private golf club for the aristocratic elite. Between organizing golf clubs for the elite and selling property, Heinrich XIII found time to deliver a speech on his political vision at the World Web Forum in Zurich, Switzerland 2019. Heinrich reiterated the belief that, given the absence of a peace treaty at the end of World War II, the current democratic federal republic is not It has a legal basis, and then uses several well-worn anti-Semitic metaphors before concluding that the only logical next step is to return Germany back to the time of the Kaiser, who was overthrown more than 100 years ago “against the will of the people”, as he claimed, but efforts by Heinrich’s subsequent attempts to sue the German government for the recovery of lands and property he claimed as his right of inheritance was unsuccessful. He spent large sums of money on this legal campaign and began to claim that there was a conspiracy against him in the legal system. At the same time, he was coordinating the Homeland Defense Forces, which, according to the security services, had several dozen members who planned an armed overthrow of the government. Among his co-suspects are former and current members of the army and police.
Officials in Germany have repeatedly warned that right-wing extremists pose the biggest threat to the country’s internal security, and that threat was highlighted after the murder of a regional politician and the deadly attack on a synagogue in 2019. A year later, right-wing extremists who took part in demonstrations, tried to storm the restrictions of the Corona epidemic in the country, the German parliament building, the “Bundestag” in Berlin, and they failed to do so. Home Affairs Minister Nancy Feather announced this year that the government planned to disarm about 1,500 suspected extremists and tighten background checks for those seeking to obtain weapons as part of a broader crackdown on the right. So it seems that the news of the failed German coup and its consequences will be the news that closes the file of this year’s events in Germany, to be the funny and crying news in the news bulletin.