Germany bans neo-Nazi group, carries out sweeping raids
Berlin (AFP) - Germany banned a neo-Nazi group called the "White Wolves Terror Crew" on Wednesday after police targeted its members in dawn raids in 10 states.
Police confiscated weapons, propaganda leaflets and data carriers in the raids against the far-right group, said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, announcing the ban on the group whose German name is "Weisse Woelfe Terrorcrew" or WWT.
"This is a group of neo-Nazis who spew hate openly against our country, against our society, against people with different political opinions, against migrants and also against police," the minister said.
"This group openly subscribes to the values of national socialism and wants a dictatorship based on that model."
WWT had been active across Germany since 2014, according to the country's domestic intelligence agency.
Its members have been seen holding banners reading: "Achieve national socialism with all means."