Saxon police launched an operation in Dresden this morning after posting on an anti-vaccine page an exchange of encrypted Telegram messages threatening the life of the state prime minister, local authorities said.
The operation, which took place in several parts of Dresden, was carried out after journalists from the state television network ZDF broke into a Telegram group in which some people had posted threats to the life of Michael Kretsmer, the Prime Minister of Saxony, who is in favor of vaccination. -19.
“The comments of some members of the group indicated that they may have in their possession real weapons and crossbows,” police said in a statement, without specifying whether any arrests had been made.
German justice launched an investigation a day after the show aired on December 7, revealing the content of the group’s messages to the Telegram, which has about 100 members “linked by their opposition to covid-19 vaccines in the state. and the current health policy “, according to the prosecutor’s office.
With voice messages, members of this group asked to oppose, “if necessary and with weapons”, the existing measures, targeting mainly politicians and Kretsmer in particular.
German justice has ruled that “a serious, violent crime against the state is being prepared,” Saxon police explained on Twitter.
From the beginning of the pandemic, a strong movement has emerged in Germany that opposes health restrictions.
This has a large presence in Saxony, in East Germany, one of the states hardest hit by the current wave of the covid-19 epidemic, where the vaccination rate is lower than the national average.
20,000 vaccinators are ready to resort to violence
In early December, vaccinators gathered in front of the home of the Saxon health minister with torches and whistles, provoking a strong political reaction.
Due to the severe fourth wave of the covid-19 epidemic, the government has decided to tighten restrictions on those who have not been vaccinated, who no longer have access to most public places, restaurants and unnecessary shops.
In Germany, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 vaccinators are ready to resort to violence, Social Security Party (SPD) leader Sebastian Fidler, a security expert, said in an interview with Bild newspaper on Tuesday.
Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, AFP