Tysk politi har gjennomført razziaer mot to islamistiske foreninger, ikke fordi de er voldelige, men fordi de har ekstreme meninger og går inn for å omdanne samfunnet til en islamistisk stat.
Razziaene markerer et skille for myndighetene, som tidligere har gått etter handlinger.
Man anvender samme metoder som overfor nazistene. De ønsket å omstyrte samfunnet, det samme gjør islamistene. Den tyske forfatningen har lagt inn klausuler om at slik virksomhet som tar sikte på å endre samfunnet, er kriminell.
Aksjonene foregikk i Bremen, Niedersachsen og Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The ministry statement said the raids were directed at two groups:
Invitation to Paradise in the cities of Brunswick and Mönchengladbach,
and the Islamic Culture Center of Bremen, on the North Sea coast. The
two groups work closely together and share the same ideology. The
authorities are seeking to outlaw both groups.
The raids appeared to represent a departure for the German authorities
in their dealings with radical Muslim groups. They were conducted
under the authority of postwar laws enacted with an eye to the Nazis
to prevent the overthrow of the state or Constitution by extremist
groups. Before, those statutes had been invoked primarily against
right-wing nationalist and neo-Nazi groups, and German intelligence
had focused primarily on individual Muslim extremists rather than
The ministry’s statement emphasized this shift in approach. “For a
well-fortified democracy, it is necessary and demanded, without
waiting for the jihad to occur in the form of armed struggle, to take
action against anti-constitutional organizations.”
I Norge er det ikke forbudt å ha ekstreme meninger, man kan også være medlem av terrororganisasjoner.
I Tyskland er det straffbart å arbeide for å bryte prinsippene i statsforfatningen. Derfor ble også den røde terroren på 70-tallet rammet. Nå er det salafistene som står for tur. Man kan si at tyskerne er konsekvente. Dette kan også få betydning for terrorbekjempelse i Skandinavia.
“The group is very influential and is especially active in converting
people,” a senior German security official said, speaking on the
condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.
The best-known figure in the group is a German citizen, Pierre Vogel,
a former boxer and convert to Islam. “They do have the aim to change
Germany and make it Islamic, but there is no evidence that they were
or are involved in any terrorism,” the official said.
The Interior Ministry statement, signed by the spokesman Stefan Paris,
said one of the leaders of Invitation to Paradise had called for the
imposition of Shariah law, the statement said, adding that the raids
had been carried out under Germany’s laws of association. Shariah is
the legal code of Islam based on the Koran.
However, the statement said it remained to be seen whether the raids
would confirm suspicions about the groups’ intentions.
Dozens of private homes were searched Tuesday, as well as religious
schools and a store belonging to Invitation to Paradise that sells
face-covering veils for women and caftans for men, The Associated
Press reported, quoting a security official. The police said they
seized evidence during the raids, but would not comment further.
German intelligence authorities have said they regard Salafist
institutions as a potential source of terrorism.