There is increasing evidence that the "Reichsbürger" network around Heinrich XIII. Prinz Reuss is not just a harmless group of pensioners. How dangerous this scene can be could be observed on Wednesday in Reutlingen.
Without warning, a suspected "Reich citizen" is said to have shot at police officers. One officer was slightly injured. The incident joins a long list of acts of violence by the "Reichsbürger" scene. It is not without reason that officials only turn up heavily armed when it comes to this mostly militant milieu.
What is frightening about the suspected network that has now been uncovered is its size and its ramifications right into the state organs. The troops obviously dreamed of setting up armed homeland security companies and fantasized about storming the Reichstag.
In addition to rather bizarre people like Heinrich XIII. Prince Reuss should also belong to the group of police officers, soldiers, judges and doctors. So all people who are actually the cornerstones of this state and who should ensure that society works.
When these pillars falter and feel like they are in a fevered dream of resisting the system, the state as a whole has a problem. Because these people are the system.
How seriously the security authorities take the threat can be seen from the equipment of the so-called special organizational structure "Schatten" at the Federal Criminal Police Office, where 300 officers were meanwhile working on the case.
During the nationwide raid in December, 3,000 police officers were on duty at the same time. The investigators came across numerous other chat groups. Officials also discovered non-disclosure agreements about the group's plans, which are said to have been signed by numerous members.
It is therefore possible that the network is even larger and more dangerous than previously known. In any case, there is no place for the all-clear or relativization.
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