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German Police Arrest 16 in Raids on Neo-Nazi Group

German police on Tuesday raided 15 locations in three different states where members of a far-right group that maintains the World War Two German Reich continues to exist were engaged in forging documents such as identification cards and driver’s licenses.

Police said the raids were ordered after an investigation into 16 people suspected of membership in the Reichsbuerger (Reich citizens) movement which renounces the existence of the federal republic.

Seven of the 16 suspects were representatives of the self-declared “Federal State of Bavaria” who issued followers with citizenship documents, police said in a statement.

Their goal is to establish a German Reich where the existence of the Federal State of Germany would not be recognized.

Police searched 15 apartments and business location in the southern states of Bavaria, Baden Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

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