Fascists led by a posh bloke tried to carry out a coup in Germany – and failed

A German police car parked in a street.
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A group of German fascists have plotted and then fluffed a coup to take over their country. The elaborate conspiracy involved far-right cops and military veterans, and the use of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) as a signal to overthrow the government. The authorities moved in on Wednesday, carrying out raids across southern Germany.

Twenty-five people were arrested, including some linked to the QAnon conspiracy movement and the extremist German Reichsbürger movement. Among those apprehended in police raids was aristocrat and self-styled prince named Heinrich XIII, who the plotters had planned to install as the new head of state.

However, they’ve now been caught. This means that at some point in the near future we’ll see a major right-wing extremism trial. Until then, let’s take the opportunity to have a laugh at them.

Techno takeover

Journalist David Broder wondered out loud if the ‘prince’ had been radicalised on daytime telly:

Questions were raised about their choice of targets. The group had aimed to occupy Berlin’s Bundestag area, which is mostly known for techno music:

Meanwhile, another Twitter user pointed out the parallels with Donald Trump and the attempted coup in Washington in January 2021:

Duelling fascists?

Given the weird aristocratic vibes involved in the coup plot, we were probably robbed of some cool duelling footage:

And despite the serious implications of the coup, Twitter users still found time to take the piss out of the clown prince who wanted to declare himself emperor:

Far-right threat

We should all laugh at fascists, especially when they are as bumbling as this lot. Humour is a tool in the fight against bigotry and hate. But we must also be mindful of the constant threat to all right-minded people and vulnerable minorities posed by the far right.

The involvement of former police and military personnel remains a stark warning about the vicious, radical ideologies which the state breeds. Stories like this should reinvigorate our commitment to facing down fascism wherever we find it.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Staff volunteer 23, cropped to 770 x 403, licenced under CC By-SA 4.0.

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    1. It’s a strange world when the far-right are trying to stop the “liberals” from starting WW3.

      This bunch sound like political LARPers, if you ask me. Like this would ever have happened. :’D

      GREATLY amused me noting the BBC managed not to report that the Bergerthingies were the same movement as the ‘sovereign citizen’ crap of the US and UK.

      Obviously some editor became scared of telling disillusioned Brits (Disillusioned about the BBC, among many other things currently turning to SHIT), about this notion the “State” is illegitimate.

      30+ years ago, the country would have laughed about it. 30 years ago, you could survive on your wages without charity, study for free, and the BBC even occasionally had working class people on it, not regard them as “The Enemy Within”.

      A lot has changed since then, – anything for the better for the Many?

      So no wonder the neolib scum are scared.

      Sure, these are rightwingers. But there’s a lot of anarchists out there as well with much the same thoughts. Now.

      Because what does Westmonster EVER do for working folk?

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