December 7, 2022

Again, I'll remind you that Russia has been supporting fringe movements all over the world to sow chaos in western democracies -- and democracy is fragile as a result. So the news of a plot for a violent coup against Germany is not such a shock. Via BBC News:

The group of far-right and ex-military figures are said to have prepared to storm the parliament building, the Reichstag, and seize power.

A minor aristocrat described as Prince Heinrich XIII, 71, is alleged to have been central to their plans.

According to federal prosecutors, he is one of two alleged ringleaders among those arrested across 11 German states.

The plotters are said to include members of the extremist Reichsbürger [Citizens of the Reich] movement, which has long been in the sights of German police over violent attacks and racist conspiracy theories. They also refuse to recognise the modern German state.

Reports say they were Qanon followers, who just like our homegrown version, believe their country is in the hands of a "deep state". And like the Proud Boys and the other recruits who took part in the Jan. 6th insurrection, they will learn this is not a game.

Remember, they don't have to be competent to be dangerous.

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