It’s going to fast become a crime in Germany to be a prepper. Well, not directly, but being a prepper will immediately put you under the German surveillance eye, all in the name of protecting people from themselves, and stuff.
Germany is to begin surveillance of a growing subculture with some far-right affiliations known as the “prepper scene.” The network collects weapons and other supplies in case of natural disasters or social collapse.
Germany’s federal and state interior ministers have decided to keep the country’s growing “prepper” scene under surveillance, according to a report by the RND media group. The issue was raised at the interior ministers’ conference in Leipzig, where both governing parties, the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), were understood to support the measure.
The “prepper scene” refers to a loose network of people collecting firearms and other supplies in preparation for a collapse of state power. There are thought to be well over 100,000 preppers in Germany, and there are suspicions that some members have connection to the far-right, though few details are publicly known.
During an anti-terrorism raid in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at the end of August, German police searched the offices and apartments of six preppers, two of whom were suspected of preparing a terrorist act — though no arrests were made. In response, the state’s Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier established a commission to investigate the preppers.
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