This photo taken on October 19, 2016 shows a policeman pictured in Georgensgmuend, southern Germany, in front of a house of a member of the so-called Reichsbuerger movement. AFP / dpa / Nicolas Armer
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German security services are increasingly cracking down on "Reichsbuerger" or "Citizens of the Reich," a far-right movement long dismissed as malcontents and crackpots but now seen as a growing threat. A mixed bag of conspiracy theorists, neo-Nazis and gun enthusiasts who reject the modern democratic state, the fragmented movement is growing more radical at a time when right-wing extremism in general is on the rise.Some see modern Germany as a U.S. colony and argue that the Reich's 1919 Weimar Constitution and its formers borders which extend far into present-day Poland remain valid.Most known followers are middle-aged white males.In an attack last August, a 41-year-old Reichsbuerger and one-time "Mister Germany" pageant winner opened fire on police carrying out an eviction order at his house in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.
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