“Reich citizen” shoots at four police officers in Bavaria

NICOLAS ARMER

Police officers gather in front of a house where a 49-year-old apparent member of the so-called 'Reichsbuergerbewegung' (Citizens of the Reich movement), shot at and injured four police officers, some grievously, during a raid in Georgensgmuend, Germany, 19 October 2016. The assailant had an arsenal of at least 30 weapons, Bavaria State Interior Minister Herrmann said in a news conference on the incident. The 'Reichsbuergerbewegung' group has neo-Nazi ties, denies the Holocaust and remains loyal to the defunct German Empire.

“Reich citizen” shoots at four police officers in Bavaria


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A 49-year-old man wounded four police officers before he was arrested on Wednesday in Germany.

Two officers suffered serious gunshot wounds; one of the officers is in a critical condition.

The man apparently belongs to the far-right Reichsbuerger movement (Reich citizens). He opened fire as the police raided his property to confiscate his 31 weapons, for which his permit had been revoked.

The so-called Reich citizens for not recognize the post-WWII authority of the federal republic and continue to pledge allegiance to the German Reich (Empire).

The incident took place in the town of Georgensgmuend, south of Nuremberg, in the southern state of Bavaria.

The Bavarian interior minister, Joachim Herrman, said authorities will reassess the danger and review the extent to which Reichsbürger members own weapons. Members of this group are, according to authorities, likely to be radicalized.

epa05448709 A pariticpant in a demonstration of right-wing populist and right-wing extremist groups wears a t-shirt written with 'The German Reich lives in us' on Washington Square at the central railway station in Berlin, Germany, 30 July 2016. EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

A pariticpant in a demonstration of right-wing populist and right-wing extremist groups wears a t-shirt written with ‘The German Reich lives in us’ on Washington Square at the central railway station in Berlin, Germany, 30 July 2016. EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

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