Austria conducts nationwide raids on far-right

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.

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.