German Police Foil Anti-Vax Civil War Plot [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports:

Investigators in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Thursday they had arrested four members of a right-wing extremist chat group that was seeking to bring down Germany’s democracy. Those arrested were German nationals linked to the COVID-denier protest scene and the “Reichsbürger” movement, the investigators said.

State prosecutors in Koblenz and the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) in Mainz said that a group calling itself the “Vereinte Patrioten” (United Patriots) planned bomb attacks on Germany’s energy infrastructure. One other alleged plan by the group was also to abduct Health Minister Karl Lauterbach [photo], among other public figures.

The Daily Beast reports:

Police on Thursday searched 20 residential properties and confiscated dozens of weapons, including a Kalashnikov assault rifle and weapons.

They said they also found foreign currency, gold bars, and silver coins to be used to fund the foiled plan that was “intended to cause civil war-like conditions and ultimately overthrow the democratic system in Germany,” the state prosecutor said in announcing the arrests.

Police also found a stash of fake vaccination certificates and negative COVID tests that would have been needed to gain entry to carry out the plot.