German Police Thwart Anti-Vax Assassination Plot

Deutsche Welle reports:

Police in the German state of Saxony raided several locations in Dresden on Wednesday after online threats were made against state premier Michael Kretschmer and other members of the state government.

In Dresden, police searched five properties, and another place was being searched in the nearby town of Heidenau. Police have reason to believe the suspects were preparing to carry out violent acts.

Germany’s new chancellor Olaf Scholz [photo] said the country would “not allow a tiny minority of uninhibited extremists to try to impose its will on the whole of society.”

The Daily Mail reports:

Members of the group, called ‘Dresden Offlinevernetzung’, or Dresden offline network, had suggested in messages on Telegram that they might be in possession of firearms and crossbows, Saxony police said on Twitter.

The former East German states, including Saxony, are particularly fertile territory for the new fringe movement. Public protests against the restrictions are almost daily and sometimes result in violence.

The Telegram messaging app at the centre of the police investigation has itself come under fire from the government.