Weapons belonging to a neo-Nazi biker gang were seized in a police raid in Austria, it was reported earlier this week.
The police were said to have confiscated automatic weapons, bullets, hand grenades, Nazi paraphernalia, and drugs. The raid came after reports from authorities of an unnamed neo-Nazi leader who was planning to orchestrate a miliz der anständigen (militia of the respectable) in order to “overturn the system.”
A network of bikers who are said to be affiliated with neo-Nazis has also been uncovered in Austria and Germany, with fourteen suspects under investigation.
A similar raid of weapons occurred in Austria last December. Karl Nehammer, the Austrian Interior Minister, said: “I am deeply concerned when such a group has fully automatic weapons or hand grenades in their possession. The uninterrupted use of our security forces against right-wing extremism must continue without compromise.”
In March, a new survey of antisemitism in Austria showed mixed results. While the survey suggested a significant fall in antisemitic attitudes compared with the same past surveys, it also showed a much higher level than surveys by other organisations.