Frankfurt am Main             -            German police on Thursday raided sites across the country linked to a far-right group banned by the interior ministry, weeks after a suspected extremist gunman shot dead nine people of migrant backgrounds. “Since the early hours, police measures are going on in ten states” out of Germany’s 16, interior ministry spokesman Steve Alter wrote on Twitter. “For the first time, the interior minister has banned a ‘Reichsbuerger’ (Citizens of the Reich) group,” Alter added.

                  The “United German Peoples and Tribes” organisation banned Thursday belongs to a wider “Citizens of the Reich” movement fed by conspiracy theories.

                  Its adherents question the legitimacy of the modern Federal Republic of Germany and have in the past entered into armed confrontations with police.