Germany bans neo-Nazi Nordadler group

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Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the right-wing extremist group “Nordadler,” ministry spokesman Steve Alter said on Twitter Tuesday.

Police measures have been activated in four German states, Alter said. The group is mainly active online.

“Right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism have no place on the internet,” Alter wrote on Twitter.

According to the ministry’s assessment, the group, whose name translates as “northern eagle,” follows a Nazi ideology and operates under several names.

Its members pledge themselves to Adolf Hitler and other high-profile Nazis, as well as using symbols and language from the Nazi regime.

They were also planning a Nazi settlement project with like-minded people in rural areas. The group is described as highly anti-Semitic.

Its leader expressed sympathy for the attack on a synagogue in the German city of Halle in a public group on messaging service, Telegram, according to the ministry.

The attack in Halle saw a 28-year-old German man try to force his way into a Jewish place of worship. When he failed, he killed two people on the street and at a kebab shop. He is due to appear in court from July.

Nordadler is the third right-wing extremist association to be banned by the interior minister this year.

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