From The Local:
Published: 14 Dec 10 16:26 CET
German authorities on Tuesday mounted raids against two Islamist groups suspected of seeking to overthrow the government and establish a religious state, the Interior Ministry said.
The searches targeted homes and religious schools linked to Salafist jihadist group Invitation to Paradise (EZP) in the northwestern cities of Braunschweig and Mönchengladbach, and the Islamic Cultural Center Bremen (IKZB) in northern German port.
“The EZP and the IKZB are accused of opposing the constitutional order with the aim of replacing it in Germany with an Islamic religious state,” the ministry said in a statement.
The raids were part of a long-running investigation against the groups and had no link to warnings of potential impending terrorist attacks issued last month by Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, it added.
The groups reject parliamentary democracy and believe that Islamic law should replace the constitution, the ministry said.
“In a well-fortified democracy it is advisable and necessary not to wait for jihad in the form of an armed struggle before taking action against anti-constitutional groups,” the ministry said.
The raids will show whether or not government suspicions about the groups can be confirmed, it added.
A security official told news agency the Associated Press that officials had searched dozens of private homes, religious schools, a small publisher, and a store owned by EZP that sells traditional caftans and veils.
Meanwhile an EZP leader in Mönchengladbach condemned the raid, the news agency said.
“We’re sad about this raid, we haven’t done anything illegal,” Sven Lau said.
But the leader of the anti-Salafist initiative “Citizens for Mönchengladbach” told AP his group welcomed the searches.
“We are happy that the Interior Ministry moved so fast against them and hope that it won’t take much longer until the group will be banned altogether,” Wilfried Schultz said.
Residents in Mönchengladbach have held frequent protests against attempts to build a religious school there by the Salafist group, whose strict Islamist ideology has been linked to several terrorist plots.
Their message has been particularly appealing to young Muslim immigrants and converts, the news agency reported.
It is a start, the problem is that there are many more places that need raiding. a lot of them in all Moslem nations.
I’d like to see this sweep the free world so that we are rid of Islamic outposts.
I bet those men were shitting in their robes to see women police officers. With guns!
They probably felt more anger at women arresting them then fear, their mindset is such they don’t feel much fear, especially towards a woman.
This is a good point. Women officers in charge of the muslim perps. If only we had pictures of them handcuffing them and leading the mighty warriors of Allah off for some questioning. Hitting muslims with what they fear is all ways a good tactic. Women with pigs. Rabbis with dogs. Hare Krishna women wearing colorful saris dancing and singing. Men wearing nail varnish. They all get together for a party at the cell in which the perp is being held. We are just hear to celebrate you getting locked up. Don’t worry it is the will of Allah/ Inshallah.
I read a report on Jihad Watch that the anti-Nazi laws are what was used to get the warrants for the raids, looks like the Germans are serious about remaining free.
Anti nazi laws are the best way to deal with the issue in Germany. The state is so paronid about Nazis. They have had that method for so long and only know do they start realising that they can use it.
It is only now that they have an administration in charge that is willing to do something, until now they have had either leftist or moderates who were afraid of their shadow.