Anti-Vaccine Activists Intend to Kill Leader of Saxony, Germany

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 – 21:17 GMT+7
Anti-Vaccine Activists Intend to Kill Leader of Saxony, Germany - English
Police leave a building after raids at various locations in Dresden, Germany, Wednesday (15/12), as part of an investigation into the plot to assassinate the leader of the state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, by anti-vaccination activists / Credit: ANTARA, Reuters, Matthias Rietschel, as, JERMAN - Anti-vaccine activists in Saxony, Germany, were trying to kill the state's leader, stated the German police, Wednesday (15/12).

The revelation added to fears of escalating violent protests against local government plans to make vaccinations mandatory.

Saxony is one of the states in Germany that has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection, while its vaccination rate is among the lowest.

The plot to kill Michael Kretschmer, the state's leader, was discussed in a chat group on Telegram, police said.

Members of the Dresden Offlinevernetzung group or the Dresden offline network had indicated via Telegram messages they might have firearms and bows, Saxony police said on Twitter.

After searching a number of places in Dresden, police said the initial suspicion was confirmed.

Protests against new restrictions on those who are not vaccinated and plans to make vaccination mandatory for some groups in Germany have sparked more violence.

Many attacks were directed at doctors, politicians, and journalists.

Anti-vaccine activists in Saxony, Germany, were trying to kill the state's leader, stated the German police, Wednesday (15/12).