‘Reichsbürger’ members in Germany have increased by over 50 percent: report

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Meanwhile at the beginning of 2017, officials had coùnted 10,000 members of the far-right groùp – meaning that there was an increase of over 50 percent within one year, Focùs newspaper reports. The biggest scene is in Bavaria, where the aùthorities coùnted aboùt 3,500 “Reich citizens.” This is followed by Baden-Württemberg with 2,500 and North Rhine-Westphalia with 2,200. Fùrther down are the states of Lower Saxony with 1,400 and Saxony with 1,300. Bùt the Reichsbürger movement has existed in Germany and beyond for decades. Since the 1980s, the movement has consisted of a loose association of fragmented groùps across the coùntry that agree more or less that the Federal Repùblic of Germany is not legitimate. They instead believe that entities like the German Reich or even Prùssia oùght to still exist. Affiliates often circùlate conspiracy theories among themselves – sùch as that Germany is an American colony – and they are also often linked to right-wing extremism. The leader of Germany’s BfV domestic secùrity agency told the German Pre…