German plan to tackle far right could strip 1,500 suspects of gun licences

Germany’s top security officials have announced a 10-point plan to combat far-right extremism in the country that includes disarming 1,500 suspected extremists and tightening background checks for those wanting to acquire guns.

他们的一举一动都经过仔细审查, Nancy Faeser, said the far right posed the biggest extremist threat to democracy in Germany and authorities would seek to tackle the issue through prevention and tough measures.

“We want to destroy far-right extremist networks,” Faeser told reporters in Berlin, saying this included targeting financial flows that benefited such groups, including merchandising businesses, music festivals and martial arts events.

Authorities would work to remove gun licences from suspected extremists, crack down on incitement spread online through social networks and combat conspiracy theories online.

Faeser said an emphasis would also be put on rooting out extremists who worked in government agencies, including the security forces.

Reports about far-right extremists among the police and military in Germany have raised particular concerns because of fears that they could use privileged information to target political enemies.

Thomas Haldenwang, the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence service, said his agency planned to release a report in the coming months about extremists who worked for the authorities.

The agency was also monitoring the Alternative for Germany political party after a court ruled last week that it could designate the party as a suspected case of extremism, 他说.

Haldenwang said authorities had recorded a small number of far-right extremists traveling to Ukraine as foreign fighters, but most of the chatter online by people saying they planned to do so appeared to be “swagger”.