Germany’s Interior Minister Bans Neo-Nazi Nordadler Group


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Germany’s Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, has banned the right-wing extremist group “Nordadler”, ministry spokesman, Steve Alter, said via Twitter on Tuesday.

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Police measures have been activated in four German states, Alter said.

The group is mainly active online.

“Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place on the internet,’’ Alter wrote.

According to the ministry’s assessment, the group, whose name translates as “northern eagle”, follows a Nazi ideology and operates under several names.

Its members pledge themselves to Adolf Hitler and other high-profile Nazis, as well as using symbols and language from the Nazi regime.

They were also planning a Nazi settlement project with like-minded people in rural areas.

The group is described as highly anti-Semitic.

Its leader expressed sympathy for the attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle in a public group on messaging service Telegram, according to the ministry.

The attack in Halle saw a 28-year-old German man try to force his way into a Jewish place of worship.

When he failed, he killed two people on the street and at a kebab shop.

He is due to appear in court from July.

The ban on Nordadler is the third ban on a right-wing extremist association by the interior minister this year.

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