By Agence France-Presse, The Guardian, September 2019

The trial of an alleged neo-Nazi cell accused of plotting a violent political uprising in Germany has begun amid fears that the far-right movement is increasingly armed and radical.

Eight members of Revolution Chemnitz, aged between 21 and 32, have been charged with forming a rightwing terrorist organisation.

A spokeswoman for the superior regional court said the defendants were accused of “coming together to achieve their political goals, to shake the foundations of the state, with serious violent acts.”

The men allegedly sought to carry out armed attacks on immigrants, political opponents, reporters and members of the economic establishment.

Authorities believe the group was trying to acquire semi-automatic weapons for a potential attack in Berlin on 3 October 2018, German Unity Day. The chief federal prosecutor, Peter Frank, said: “This is one of the most important trials to date dealing with far-right terrorism.”

Security agencies hope the trial, which is expected to continue until at least April and hear testimony from about 75 witnesses, will reveal the scope of the network.

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