Germany bans neo-Nazi organization Combat 18 Deutschland

Germany is banning the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 Deutschland in what the country’s top security official says is a “clear message” against far-right extremism and anti-Semitism.

More than 200 police officers carried out raids in six German states early today, seizing cellphones, computers, unspecified weaponry, Nazi memorabilia and propaganda material, the Interior Ministry said.

Police officers stand in front of an apartment building in Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Germany’s top security official has announced a ban on the neo-Nazi group ‘Combat 18’ Deutschland (Jens-Ulrich Koch/dpa via AP)

The group had spread “far-right extremism and anti-Semitic hatred” in German society by producing neo-Nazi music and staging concerts for extremist bands, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says.

— AP

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