Ringleaders of a far-right conspiracy to overthrow the elected German Government, overrun its Parliament and install a half-assed aristocrat as head of state were arrested at their homes across Germany early yesterday…because sedition is apparently against the law there.
Those arrested included Heinrich Reuss, also known as Prince Heinrich XIII (pictured above), a largely de-landed aristocrat whose
Golf Club Hunting Lodge was used by the plotters as a meeting place, a former member of the German Parliament currently working as a judge, whose anti-democratic views have engendered calls for her removal from the bench, and a former Army Paratroop Commander who was cashiered for stealing weapons.
In total 25 persons were arrested though the federal police have eyes on as many as 25 more who may also have carried their fever dreams of fascism to the point of actually breaking the law.
Oh, yeah, and at least some of the plotters were influenced by Q-Anon.
“Berlin — Police have arrested at least 25 people tied to an alleged right-wing extremist plot to overthrow Germany’s government. The group targeted in about 130 raids across Germany was described by prosecutors as being influenced by QAnon conspiracy theories and espousing a doctrine similar to that of far-right groups in the U.S. and across Europe.
Germany’s Federal Prosecutor General is now investigating the suspected right-wing terror group, which calls itself Reichsbürger, for allegedly planning an attack on the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, as part of a violent coup to overthrow the government.
The investigators’ trail leads to a member of a former Germany royal family as the purported figurehead, a former parliamentarian from the far-right AfD political party, and of particularly concern to the investigators, to former members of the German military’s special forces.“
If this had happened here in the U.S., Fox News would have already dubbed it a “Nothingbürger” but the plotters would have been allowed to actually have their foot-soldiers in place on the steps of the Capitol and breaking windows before officials thought it time to act… and even then they would have just gone after the small fry.
“While only 25 people were detained, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office has accused around 50 men and women of forming a terrorist organization with the intent of eliminating the constitutional order of the Federal Republic of Germany and establishing a new state modeled on the German Reich of 1871.
The group stands accused of planning to storm the Reichstag, or parliament building, as part of a wave of attacks aimed at precipitating civil war-like conditions in Germany. It also allegedly planned to attack the national power grid and to depose the federal government and take power by force.“
Plans to storm the legislature building and a membership comprised of minor politicians and disaffected senior military officers are not the only parallels to the Jan. 6th movement in the U.S.:
“Some suspected members of the group had already made public appearances as agitators at recent protests against Germany’s anti-coronavirus measures. For example, a former military colonel and member of the special forces named by prosecutors as Maximilian E. publicly advocated at one protest to send Germany’s special forces to “clean up the mess” in the national government.“
Just knew the ant-vaxxers had to be involved somehow.
Kudos to the German police and intelligence apparatus for doing what ours would not:
Protecting our Democracy from those who sought to end it before their dreamt of violence and destruction were unleashed.