A far-right movement of Germans who have labeled themselves “Reich Citizens” (Reichsbürger) has grown to nearly 16,000 members, an increase of more than 50% over the last year – with a core group of armed militia members eyeing their own army to prepare for what they call “Day X,” reports Focus.
“Reichsbürger is used as a label for a loosely connected group of Germans who believe that the 1871 borders of the German empire are still in effect and that all of the country’s governments since (and including) the Nazis have been illegitimate, many also subscribe to anti-Semitic ideologies,” according to Deutsche Welle, which adds “They believe that the current Federal Republic of Germany is a puppet government controlled by the Allied powers of World War II.”
Some members refuse to obey existing laws, pay taxes, and some members have even established their own “mini-kingdoms,” flying custom flags and forging phony passports. To participate in the movement, members must provide “Aryan Proof” of their bloodline up to 1914.
“They have begun preparing themselves for Day X,” writes Focus – in reference to a day of reckoning in which the group will rise up against the German government.
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