German federal prosecutors confirmed four people belonging to a far-right “terror” group were arrested by police on Wednesday, over suspicions of plotting attacks on Muslims and asylum seekers in the country.
The Federal Prosecutor's statement revealed that “according to the findings to date, the aim of the organisation was to mount in smaller groups attacks on well-known Salafists, mosques and hostels for asylum seekers in Germany.”
22-year-old woman Denise Vanessa G. and three men are accused of establishing the far-right group called “Oldschool society” last November accompanied with a large group of people.
The three men arrested were identified as Andreas H., 56, Markus W., 39 and Olaf O., 47. Andreas and Markus are said to be the ringleaders of the group using titles of “president” and “vice president.”
All four members of the far-right group are German citizens.
The Federal Prosecutor’s statement also stated that 250 police officers were involved in an early morning raid on houses in five states across the country and seized pyrotechnics with large explosive power.
Earlier last month a mosque and a shelter for asylum seekers were the targets of hate crimes.
Unidentified people had set the newly built shelter on fire which was prepared for 16 asylum seekers in the eastern town of Troeglitz on April 4 .
On April 15, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Rhine-Westphalia, which belongs to the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, was partially burnt down by an anonymous attacker who was caught on surveillance cameras pouring gas and systematically burning different parts of the mosque.
Rise in racism
Following recent events including the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) rallies, the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR) has urged the government to take a strong stance to eliminate the rising racism within the country.
PEGIDA, an anti-Islam and anti-immigration group, is seen as a racist and borderline fascist group by many in Europe and had drawn criticism from significant political figures, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The group has drawn great attention reaching a number of 25,000 members in Dresden eastern Germany.
DIMR stated there is a rise in racism and said “Politicians should speak out and take decisive action against any racist statement in the political sphere and in public life.”
Various non-governmental groups met with the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to agree on common rules to fight against racism that is on a severe rise in Germany.
Within the next two weeks the panel of 18 independent experts of CERD are expected to prepare proposals for Germany to fight against increasing racism in the country.