German police raided offices of the country's largest neo-Nazi group on Tuesday, searching for evidence that the organization is acting illegally against the constitution.
The interior ministry said in a statement the large-scale operation in nine states began in the early morning hours against the "Help Organization for National Political Prisoners and their Families" (HNG), an association which supports right-wing extremists and their relatives.
Deputy Interior Minister Klaus-Dieter Fritsche called the HNG a threat to society. The liberal Free Democrats, junior partners in the centre-right government, have called for it to be banned as anti-constitutional.
The group aims to strengthen neo-Nazi attitudes among like-minded felons who have been imprisoned, the ministry said. It wanted inmates not only to remain part of the far-right movement but to turn them into "combatants against the system".
Authorities said the group was founded in 1979 and has some 600 members. The interior ministry suspects it of trying to create a closer network within the often fragmented far right.
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