Germany Bans Neo-Nazi Group Hammerskins
The German government has taken action by banning the neo-Nazi group Hammerskins Germany and conducting raids on the residences of many of its members.
Hammerskins Germany's primary aim is to reinforce its right-wing extremist worldview, often through concerts that target non-members in an attempt to radicalize them.
This organization is an offshoot of a right-wing extremist group from the United States and holds a prominent position in the realm of European extremism. This news comes from Kirsten Grieshaber's report for the Associated Press (AP).
Hammerskins Germany is directly linked to Hammerskins Nation, which originated in the U.S. in 1988. It exerts significant influence within the sphere of right-wing extremism in Europe.
Members worldwide identify themselves as "brothers" who follow a particular subculture. They consider themselves the elite among right-wing skinheads. The central tenet of the group's ideology revolves around the promotion of a racial doctrine rooted in Nazi ideology.
Hammerskins Germany's primary aim is to reinforce its right-wing extremist worldview, often through concerts that target non-members in an attempt to radicalize them, as stated by the ministry.
Within Germany, this group has approximately 130 members.
During a series of early morning raids across 10 states, around 700 police officers searched the homes of 28 individuals associated with the group. The minister stated that significant amounts of right-wing extremist devotional objects and cash have been seized based on their initial findings.
Prior to the ban, the German federal and state governments worked closely together for over a year, and they also collaborated with American partners in this endeavor.