Germany has banned the small group “Hammerskins Germany” that propagates “racial theory based on Nazi ideology,” the Interior Minister announced on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, searches began in ten regions of the country and targeted twenty-eight apartments of members of the organization, a statement from the Ministry of the Interior states.
The ban also affects the regional sections and the “Crew 38” suborganization, also based on the association law.
Germany is dealing “a heavy blow against organized right-wing extremism,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement.
“We are putting an end to the inhuman activities of an internationally active neo-Nazi association in Germany,” he added.
This is the twentieth ban imposed by the Ministry of the Interior on a far-right organization in Germany, according to the press release.
“Hammerskins Germany” is a branch of the “Hammerskins Nation” movement founded in 1988 in the United States.
Its German branch, which has 130 members, plays a “leading role in the far-right scene in Europe,” the ministry statement underlines.
The propagation of a racial theory based on Nazi ideology is at the center of the small group’s action, through concerts or broadcasts of sound recordings and the sale of anti-Semitic objects.
Its members around the world refer to themselves as “brothers” and consider themselves the elite of the far-right skinhead scene.
Germany has made far-right terrorism one of the main threats after several attacks, notably a failed attack on a synagogue in Halle, in the east of the country, in October 2019 and another of a racist nature in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in February. which left nine dead.