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Police on Tuesday raided buildings used by Germany's largest neo-Nazi group in an effort to find evidence to support banning it, the country's Interior Ministry said.
The sweep targeted 30 buildings and houses across the country belonging to members of the Aid Organization for National Political Victims and their Relatives, the ministry said in a statement. It declined to say how many officers were taking part in the raids in nine of the country's 16 states.
The group, known as HNG by its German acronym, is believed to have some 600 members, making it the country's largest neo-Nazi group, the ministry said.
Evidence found in the raids will show whether the HNG's work violates
Germany's constitution in an "aggressive and combative" manner that
could lead to a ban, Deputy Interior Minister Klaus-Dieter Fritsche
said. Investigators suspect the HNG is trying to strengthen Germany's
scattered far-right groups by forging alliances among the organizations,
The ministry accused HNG members of keeping in contact with imprisoned
neo-Nazis to strengthen the members' ideology and "encourage them to
commit further crimes."
German authorities are wary of neo-Nazi groups and several of them have
been banned over the past years. Denying the Holocaust and displaying
Nazi symbols or otherwise glorifying them are crimes in Germany.