On Wednesday morning, starting at around 6am local time, six separate apartments in the Connewitz neighbourhood of Leipzig, Germany, were raided by over 100 police officers.
The raids, ordered by the Leipzig General Prosecutor’s office, are related to investigations into anti-fascist groups in the region, ANF Deutsch reported.
According to police spokesperson, the raids were launched upon investigating accusations of ‘damage of property’ and ‘arson’.
There are claims however, that the recent operation may actually be related to an ongoing investigation into the anti-fascist groups’ response to neo-Nazi groups who had carried out attacks in Connewitz on the 11th of January in 2016, in which explosives were used and windows were smashed.
The German Police Department is reportedly trying to determine, how a list of 215 names of neo-Nazis, who have ties to the Connewitz attack, have been acquired by the anti-fascist activists.
The police are also looking for an anti-fascist activist who has been wanted for a year for his/her relation to an ongoing case involving an anti-fascist activist called Lina E.
Since the end of 2020, Lina E. has been in custody. The General Prosecutor’s Office is charging her and some other anti-fascist activists of ‘forming a criminal organisation’.
The case of Lina E. is widely seen as the symbol of the criminalisation of anti-fascist activities.