German on trial for plotting neo-Nazi attacks

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The trial of a sympathizer of the American neo-Nazi network “Atomwaffen Division” suspected of having wanted to start “a war of races” in Germany via attacks with explosives and firearms, kicked off in Frankfurt on Tuesday. 

This 20-year-old German, named Marvin E., is also accused of having taken steps to found a branch of the Atomwaffen division (atomic weapons division), known for its racist and anti-Semitic ideology, in the German state of Hesse.

His trial should last until at least November.

According to the prosecution, he envisaged that his attacks would cause a “civil war of races” in the next three years aimed at “preserving the white population.”

The neo-Nazi “Atomwaffen Division” network, made up of young people, was created in 2015 in the United States and became known in particular through recruitment campaigns on campuses.

In the United States, several members of the Atomwaffen Division were imprisoned for threatening journalists and anti-racism and anti-Semitism activists.

Marvin E. had begun to educate himself on the purchase of guns and purchased components via the internet that can be used to make explosives. 

But he did not have time to put his plans into action: the police arrested him on September 21, 2021 and he has been incarcerated since.

German authorities have erected far-right violence at the forefront of threats to public order, ahead of the jihadist risk. 

The murder in June 2019 by a neo-Nazi militant of Walter Lübcke, elected from the conservative party which defended the policy of welcoming migrants from the former chancellor, had deeply shaken the country.

When she took office in December, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser declared that her top priority would be to tackle the “country's biggest threat: right-wing extremism”.

According to a recent report presented by the Federal Agency for Internal Intelligence (BfV) in June, Germany had some 33,900 people belonging to the spectrum of right-wing extremism in 2021, compared to 33,300 in 2020. 

Among them, the authorities estimate the number of p people considered potentially violent to 13,500.