The German authorities are targeting the “Ottoman Germania”: In the morning there were raids in three federal states against the Turkish nationalist rocker group, which is also said to be close to the AKP.
With searches in three federal states, the authorities have attacked members of the rocker group “Ottoman Germania BC”. The house searches in North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse had begun at 6 o’clock in the morning, according to a statement by the Federal Ministry of the Interior. There is an “urgent suspicion that the purpose and activity of the association ‘Ottoman Germania BC’ is contrary to the criminal laws”.
The “Ottoman Germania” is a Turkish nationalist rocker grouping. The club described itself as a boxing club and pretend to get young people off the street, the Ministry said. In fact, the purpose lies in the violent development of territory and power as well as in the self-assertion against competing rocker-like groups. “The measure shows once more that our state of law is resolutely and consistently against any form of crime,” said the Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, in the statement.
Special forces used
According to Essen police in the morning in North Rhine-Westphalia a total of 41 objects were searched. The police sometimes used special forces, because the affected rockers would be considered dangerous. The searches should serve the clarification of club structures and activities. To the enforcement of a club ban, it is not.
In Hesse, the forces searched ten objects, as the local Ministry of the Interior announced. As the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” reported on the basis of safety circles, buildings in Jettingen near Nagold, Crailsheim, Mannheim, Gerabronn as well as rooms in the correctional facilities in Offenburg and Stuttgart Stammheim were searched in Baden-Württemberg. Accordingly, there sit leaders of the “Ottoman Germania” in custody.
Connection to the ACP?
According to the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior, the rocker group is in contact with the Turkish ruling party AKP and the environment of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The group represents Turkish nationalist and right-wing extremist positions.
In addition to internal disputes, there have been violent conflicts with other rocker groups in the past, among others with the now defunct grouping Bahoz with their predominantly Kurdish -born members. In the past, German authorities had repeatedly proceeded with raids and arrests against the group. Last December, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against eight alleged members for attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.
On March 13, 2018, Deutschlandfunk reported on this topic at 09:00 in the news and tagesschau24 at 10:00.