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Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) classifies "IDENTITÄRE BEWEGUNG DEUTSCHLAND" (IBD / Identitarian Movement Germany) as a movement which beyond doubt pursues right-wing extremist efforts

Press Release 11 July 2019

In June 2016, BfV classified Identitäre Bewegung Deutschland (IBD) as a case where there were grounds for the suspicion of endeavours directed against the free democratic basic order and consequently as a subject of monitoring. That decision was especially based on the right-wing extremist background of some IBD activists as well as on their anti-asylum agitation in the framework of the migratory movement.

Monitoring IBD has revealed that the state of suspicion has been exceeded. IBD is now classified as a movement which beyond doubt pursues right-wing extremist efforts directed against the free democratic basic order as set out in sections 3 (1), nos. 1 and 4 (1) sentence 1 c) of the Federal Act on the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesverfassungsschutzgesetz / BVerfSchG).

IBD's positions are incompatible with the German Basic Law. IBD in end effect aims at excluding individuals of non-European extraction from democratic participation and at discriminating against them in a way which violates their human dignity. From IBD's point of view, individuals who do not share similar ethnic qualifications will never be part of a common culture. IBD is of the opinion that multiculturalism as an expression of an ethno-pluralistic society annihilates culture. From IBD's point of view, culture only exists in permanent conjunction with one and the same ethnicity (ethno-pluralism).

This is i.a. illustrated by IBD's actions and campaigns, such as "Der große Austausch" (The great exchange), "Keine No-Go-Areas" (No no-go areas) or "Stop Fatih – Gegen islamischen Universalismus – Für echte Vielfalt" (Stop Fatih - Contra Islamic universalism - Pro real pluralism). A Europe-wide networking becomes evident in joint actions such as "Defend Europe" or the annual summer university in France.

For the time being, IBD has approximately 600 members in Germany.

In this context, BfV President Thomas Haldenwang has stated:

"BfV does not remain inactive vis-à-vis xenophobic and anti-democratic ideologies. Being an early warning system, we will not only have to focus our attention on extremists ready to use violence, but we will also have to keep a close eye on those who kindle verbally. These intellectual firebrands question human equality of or even human dignity as such, talk of foreign domination, overemphasise their own identity in order to denigrate others and specifically foster enemy stereotypes. There must be no tolerance towards extremists."

Angela Pley, press spokeswoman

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