In connection with investigations into Islamism, German security authorities have carried out raids across the country. This also applies to the “Islamic Center Hamburg”, which is suspected of acting against the constitutional order and the idea of international understanding.
Hamburg’s Interior Senator Andy Grote described the nationwide raids against the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH) and its associated institutions in seven federal states as a “hard blow”. The IZH’s time has “visibly come to an end,” said the SPD politician on Thursday morning. “The faster the IZH as a whole disappears from Hamburg, the better. Today we are a lot closer to that.”
The searches made it clear that the banning process against the center, which had been classified as Islamist by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution for many years, was well advanced. The Hamburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution has always pointed out the extremist orientation of the IZH “and kept up the pressure,” said Grote. “I am very happy that the Federal Ministry of the Interior is pursuing the ban procedure very purposefully and I assume that this procedure will now be brought to a logical conclusion and the IZH will be closed promptly.”
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, police searched 54 properties in seven federal states on Thursday morning in connection with investigations against the IZH. The focus was Hamburg, where the center runs the Blue Mosque on the Alster.
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