Frank Heppner, a German celebrity chef, is one of the detained so-called Reich Citizens. German police on Wednesday carried out a wide-ranging arrest of members of the far-right extremist organization.
On Wednesday, the German police carried out a wide operation of arresting right-wing extremists, known as Reich Citizens. They were supposed to be planning a coup d’état and a change of power in Berlin.
Three thousand officers were involved in the action, 25 people were detained, weapons were seized in many locations. More arrests are expected, with a total of 54 suspects.
Among the detainees is a celebrity chef
The British “The Guardian” wrote on Sunday that Frank Heppner, a celebrity chef from Munich, is among those arrested. He was detained in a five-star hotel in the Austrian resort of Kitzbuehel, where he worked.
According to the daily, Heppner was one of the members of the group commanding the armed arm of the organization. He was to be responsible, among other things, for recruiting new members, obtaining weapons and other equipment, and creating a secure internal IT structure. The celebrity cook was also to create and command a cantina that provided meals for the “New Army”. German“.
Heppner’s 28-year-old daughter, Shalimar, is in a relationship with Swiss footballer who plays for Real Madrid, David Alaba.
Among those arrested are Michael Fritsch – former police officer who in the past was involved in protecting the Jewish community from terrorist attacks. His partner Melanie Ritter was also arrested.
Who are the Citizens of the Reich
Citizens of the Reich is an informal movement denying the legal existence of the German state in its current shape. Members of the group usually recognize the continuation of the pre-war Reich as the only legitimate German state, often refuse to pay taxes and are in conflict with the authorities. In 2020, the activities of the movement were banned by the German Ministry of the Interior.
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