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  • #16
    There's a leaked internal threat analysis document of the German Federal Criminal Police warning about anti-lockdown activists possibly attacking companies producing vaccines or vaccination centers.

    Background is that there was a "Querdenken" protest planned for tomorrow at BioNTech, the German company that brought out the first vaccine with Pfizer (the city of Mainz offered the protesters a different location and referred to restrictions, the protest announcement was withdrawn subsequently). The police document states that in such locations "damages will be likely" and "physical attacks possible", and that the likelihood of such attempts is relatively high due to high media exposure.

    Foreign and industrial espionage - both on-site and via cyber domain - are also considered a threat in the document, in addition to theft (although that risk is considered low). The German government is currently in the process of forming a strategy to vaccination logistics. The German military has offered providing transport and guarded storage for vaccines in that context.


    • #17
      Originally posted by kato View Post
      The "Querdenken" ("lateral thinking") organisation that is the subject of the Dec 3rd intelligence committee inquest into possible formal observation by domestic intelligence gets up to 40,000 people into the streets when holding political rallies.
      Querdenken is now formally under observation by State Domestic Intelligence as an extremist group in Baden-Württemberg state. Other states as well as the federal domestic intelligence service are evaluating joining in on that; in neighboring Bavaria Querdenken isn't under observation as a group, but individuals within it for their activity.

      Primary items cited for extremism seem to be:
      • organizational overlap with Reichsbürger "sovereign citizen" groups, in particular in recent weeks
      • conceptual overlap with anti-semitic and conspiracy theorist groups
      • attempts to overthrow constitutional order by intending to enact a new constitution
      • activities related to the group such as the attempted storming of the federal parliament on August 30th

      Police and courts nationwide have been more active in hindering Querdenken protests. Some images from Mannheim next door to me last weekend, and that's for a protest group with a range of 700 people on Telegram of which 10% actually attended:

      Click image for larger version  Name:	mannheim.jpg Views:	0 Size:	99.1 KB ID:	1569648And yes, that's a good old TM-170 APC on the right. Barricade configuration, remote-controlled equipment/weapon mount on top not used. The bigger trucks in the back are watercannons.

      Click image for larger version  Name:	image_9205.jpg Views:	3 Size:	99.8 KB ID:	1569649 Can't forget about doing it the traditional way either. The other traditional escalation method - dogs - was absent.

      Setup above seems to be pretty standard at Querdenken protests throughout Germany in the last 2-3 weeks. Berlin actually fired watercannons on protesters for the first time since 2013 three weeks ago. For Mannheim: Out of 70 people that police "intervened with" 50 were banned from the city for the day, 10 got fines for not wearing masks and 7 were arrested for violating a court ban for the assembly. Mannheim also has a curfew due to being a hotspot, i.e. anyone on the street after 9 pm gets fined.


      • #18
        Police in Bavaria yesterday searched three apartments in connection with a sabotage attack on railways by anti-lockdown activists on January 6th. Several banners with political slogans had been arranged to block a high-speed rail line. One of the banners was rammed, leading to an emergency braking and the train being lightly damaged.

        Under German criminal law the act is considered terrorism if committed by a group. Similar attacks on railways are relatively common.


        • #19
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          • #20
            Somewhat related:

            In Den Helder in the Netherlands a 37-year-old man was arrested in mid-March for planning to bomb the former town hall of the city due to its current use to vaccinate people against Covid.


            Den Helder is also the main base of the Royal Dutch Navy btw. The Netherlands have seen some violence in this regard before: In January during wider riots a test center was set on fire, in early March another test center was attacked with a pipe bomb. In a vfew places in Germany there has been similar arson or attempted at test centers by opponents.


            • #21
              Belgium is currently hunting a rightwing-extremist soldier who disappeared from his base with multiple weapons, including an assault rifle and some anti-tank rockets. He left behind a note stating he "would not be caught alive". The man previously threatened a virologist who works as a senior advisor with regard to the pandemic for the Belgian government.

              Some of the rockets have been found with his car so far.