German police launch raids against far-right extremists

German police have raided more than 30 premises linked to suspected far-right extremists in Berlin and three other eastern German states.

The raids were mainly centred on Brandenburg state and the region around Cottbus, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south-east of the capital.

According to Brandenburg police, the investigation focuses on about 20 people with ties to Germany’s hooligan, martial arts and right-wing extremist scenes.

Cottbus has a comparatively large neo-Nazi scene affiliated to the city’s main football team, Energie Cottbus.

The raids come a day after authorities in Austria searched dozens of homes in several states, seizing weapons and large amounts of banned propaganda material.


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