machetes, knuckledusters, balaclavas – the police has ensured in the large-scale RAID against the extreme right-wing scene in four Federal States extensive evidence.

the focus of the room in Cottbus. In total, about 410 police officers were looking for 33 objects, of which 29 are in Brandenburg, two in Berlin and one each in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony. Against 16 people in the Cottbus region is determined due to the formation of a criminal Association, such as Brandenburg’s police President Hans-Jürgen Mörke announced in Potsdam. Overall, it was a matter of 50 criminal offences, including bodily injury, violations of the weapons law, and property damage.

According to information provided by Brandenburg’s Minister of the interior Karl-Heinz Schröter (SPD) is a Milieu of Hooligans, Martial artists and right-wing extremists in the focus of the investigation. “The authorities will not accept it, when people commit together, rotten, and crime,” he said. The rule of law have set a clear sign. Since last year, will be determined against 20 Accused for offences such as assault or breaches of the arms act. Schröter sees the RAID as a Signal for all those who were in the environment of extreme right-wing, criminal associations.

arrests, there was, according to the Prosecutor’s office in Cottbus so far, no arrest were executed commands. “We have not carried out any arrests, because we only want to evaluate the whole evidence, that will still take some time,” said the chief Prosecutor Bernhard Brocher. Among the strongly suspects there is five people who take a leadership similar role, by anleiteten other and for the actions mobilized.

Cottbus, the second largest city in the state of Brandenburg, with their right-wing extremist potential, violence and, at times, aggressive mood, always making the headlines again. The protection of the Constitution, to be referred to the area of Cottbus recently as a “Hotspot” of right-wing extremism in Brandenburg. The head of unit of public Relations of the constitutional protection of Brandenburg, Heiko Homburg, speaks of about 400 extreme right-wing people. According to the extreme-right scene tries in the Cottbus region is also economically the foot. An economic basis for members of the scene, for example, Tattoo Studios, record label or shop, the right fashion label, or Fitness to be sold products.

Similar to right-wing extremism researcher Robert Claus. The special in Cottbus was the business network, the boxers, the extreme right-wing scene from the professional Kick, boys, Ultras, Hooligans and Security people have built up. The extreme right-wing scene was busy and could feed themselves, said Claus, the German press Agency on Thursday.

the city sees the problem with right-wing extremism and the structures, such as speaker Jan Gloßmann said on Wednesday. The Cottbus state Parliament member of the left group, Matthias Loehr, speaks of a “solid brown bottom” in the Cottbus region. The city experiments with networks such as “Cottbus is colorful” to tackle it. You look away but also to often.

In Cottbus, there is now a Mixstreife – two colleagues from the office, and two police officers. You should in addition ensure security in the city. In addition, the city will likely open by the end of April a planned “security center”. According to the figures, it should be a point of contact for security and order for citizens in the Cottbus city centre. Police and public order office to work together. In the case of large events, the focal point should be a situation centre.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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