German security forces have found that dozens of civil servants—including members of the police force and army—belong to a “far-right movement that denies the existence of the very republic they serve,” according to a Der Spiegel report obtained by Reuters. The report says a “high double-digit number” of public servants belong to “Reichsbuerger,” or Citizens of the Reich. The group believes that “the Reich continued after Germany’s defeat in World War Two,” Reuters reported. Eleven alleged members of the group are being investigated in Bavaria, with five suspended from duty. There have also been 11 cases in Germany’s Federal Police—including four people who have had their weapons confiscated from them. There are up to five suspected cases in the armed forces. In 2016, a “Reichsbuerger” member killed a police officer who was attempting to confiscate his weapons—after the country determined he could not hold the guns as a member of the group.
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