Published 7 December 2022 at 12.14
Foreign. Police in Germany have arrested at least 25 people suspected of having planned a coup d'état. Among those arrested is the nobleman Prince Heinrich XIII Reuss, reports Die Welt.
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The suspects have been arrested after approximately 3,000 police raided 130 different targets on Wednesday morning.
According to media reports, they are members of the Reichsbürger network, which does not recognize the current The Federal Republic of Germany without swearing allegiance to the older German Reich.
The group is suspected of having planned to overthrow the prevailing form of government by military means. According to Die Welt, they wanted to target “the deep state”.
A number of members of the conspiracy are said to have a military background and several come from the German special forces Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK).
One of those whose home was searched was Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, former member of the Bundestag for Alternative for Germany.
A 71-year-old nobleman, called Prince Heinrich XIII Reuss, is one of those arrested. He is singled out as a leading figure within the network and is said to have been the one who would be named German monarch if the coup d'état were to succeed.
The House of Reuss ruled over areas in present-day Thuringia until the November Revolution of 1918.