Austrian authorities have conducted dozens of house searches on Tuesday morning as part of a nation-wide effort to target the far-right scene, according to local media reports.
A total of 217 personnel from various agencies including the Federal Office for Counter-terrorism (BVT), the “Cobra” special task force police, and state and local authorities were involved, in all states across the country apart from Tyrol.
As a result, 32 individuals are suspected to be in violation of the country’s Verbotsgesetz, or “prohibition act”, that bans involvement in Nazi-related activity.
The authorities discovered numerous weapons, most of them knives, along with war memorabilia and Nazi propaganda.
The origins of the raids went back to a skinhead concert in Muerztal in the state of Styria in March 2018, where undercover investigators were able to ascertain the identities of many attendees.