Karl Lauterbach is one of Germany’s most famous politicians. Now terrorists wanted to kidnap him! The Federal Minister of Health, 59-year-old Karl Lauterbach (SPD), was targeted by the Querdenker movement.
Instead of kidnapping – four arrests
Members of the extremist chat group United Patriots were planning the “Klabautermann” operation. They wanted to illegally obtain ten Kalashnikov rifles, pistols and mines. They were raising money for it, having already managed to raise 12,000 euros.
But the investigative authorities warned them off. The General Prosecutor’s Office in Koblenz had fooled the terrorists – the sale of the weapons was posed. Civilian security officers were working at full speed for several weeks to expose the criminal group. Extremists wanted to kidnap the health minister, instead four arrests were made. Twelve people are under investigation in several states.
As part of the investigation into the criminal chat group, 20 properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia were searched on Wednesday. About 270 officers, including special units, took part in the operation. Guns, ammunition, cash, gold bars and silver coins were confiscated.
German society is very divided
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach was dismayed when giving an interview to Bild am Sonntag: “Some coronasceptics are not at all interested in fighting vaccination or restrictions. They are fighting against our basic democratic order. But they will not succeed. I will not be discouraged, I will continue to support the entire German society. This example shows how divided our society is. Overcoming this division and regaining trust remains the goal of my politics.”
The radicals are also said to have planned bombings and other acts of violence in Germany – including the destruction of power lines and substations. The goal was to cause a prolonged power outage across the country. “According to the defendants, this was intended to create civil war-like conditions and ultimately overthrow the democratic system in Germany,” – reads a statement from the prosecution and LKA. Investigations against the group have been ongoing since last October.