Ge­or­gens­g­münd, Ger­many

The Week Middle East - - News -

“Re­ich ci­ti­zen” kills of­fi­cer: Ger­man au­thor­i­ties have ex­pressed con­cern about the ap­par­ent rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion of the Re­ichs­bürger (“Re­ich Ci­ti­zen”) move­ment fol­low­ing two at­tacks on po­lice, one of which was fa­tal. The move­ment re­jects the le­git­i­macy of the mod­ern Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many, and seeks to ad­here in­stead to laws of the Ger­man Re­ich which ended in 1945. Although many “Re­ich Cit­i­zens” are far-right ex­trem­ists, oth­ers say their al­le­giance is to the pre-WWI em­pire – and they have of­ten been dis­missed as harm­less cranks. How­ever, last week a self­pro­claimed Re­ichs­bürger, a 49-year-old gun en­thu­si­ast whose li­cence had been re­voked, opened fire on four po­lice of­fi­cers in the Bavar­ian town of Ge­or­gens­g­münd, killing one. A day later, a self-styled Re­ich Ci­ti­zen who had re­fused to com­ply with mod­ern dog-li­cens­ing laws, at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers in the east­ern town of Salzwedel.

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