Germany bans neo-Nazi group Hammerskins
Hammerskins, a neo-Nazi group that organizes far-right concerts and sells racist music, has been outlawed in Germany.
In a statement, Germany’s interior minister said the action set “a clear message against racism and antisemitism.”
Authorities raided 28 homes across the country belonging to leading members of the group.
About 130 members are believed to be members of Hammerskins in Germany, which was founded in the late 1980s in the US.
It said the ban ended “the inhumane actions of an internationally active neo-Nazi association.” and described it as “a harsh blow against organized right-wing extremism.”
Right-wing extremism remains the greatest threat to our democracy, which is why we continue to act decisively,” said German interior minister Nancy Faeser.
Concerts were used by the skinhead group as a means of spreading their far-right ideology, she said.
The Hammerskins were heavily involved in setting up neo-Nazi music labels, selling anti-Semitic records and organizing clandestine music events.
As recently as April, police made arrests for showcasing banned symbols during far-right concerts at a venue called Hate Bar in the western German state of Saarland.
Before the ban, German authorities worked closely with their counterparts in the United States.
Founded in 1988 in Texas, Hammerskins is now present in several countries around the world. Hammerskin Nation, the global umbrella under which it’s national branches operate, has a top-down structure.