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A patriotic German Reichsbürger who denied the so-called “Holocaust” and allegedly called for the murder of Jews went on trial in Zionist Occupied Germany, charged with sedition and violation of gun laws.

Karl Burghard Bangert, a bearded, longhaired 71-year-old who styles himself as a Celtic druid under the alias “Burgos von Buchonia,” is facing trial along with three other men, who are all considered to be “right-wing extremists” by German security services.

The four defendants, who are all Reichsbürger (“citizens of the Reich”) – members of Germany’s anti-establishment, sovereign citizen movement, who believe the government is illegitimate – are charged with illegally hoarding an “arsenal of weapons”, ammunition and explosives between 2015 and 2017, when they were raided by authorities.

Prosecutors say the group were preppers, seeking to arm themselves ahead of the imminent collapse of society; according to reports, Bangert sought to set up an armed compound with other like-minded people, where they would survive after the fall of the state.

Among the weapons recovered in the raids were a flamethrower, a semi-automatic self-loading pistol, and self-made single-shot handguns.

Bangert is also charged with sedition over a series of social media posts in which he denied the so-called “Holocaust”, called for the murder of Jews, and “incited hatred” against non-white invaders, according to prosecutors.

He appeared in Mannheim district court wearing a shirt with a Celtic logo and a necklace of pagan charms.

Bangert is a former insurance agent who, after reinventing himself as a druid, developed a modest profile in local media for his appearance. He was known to give guided tours of the Rhone region, and perform New Age ceremonies, said Nicholas Potter, a “far-right expert” at the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in Berlin.

“But along with the belief in New Age spiritualism, he also harboured vehemently racist views – including the virulent antisemitic, conspiracy-driven worldview that Jews have been waging a secret war against the German people for centuries,” said Potter.

Jan Rathje, another “far-right expert” at the Center for Monitoring, Analysis and Strategy, said that Bangert presented himself “on the one hand as a druid and on the other as a far-right and antisemitic resistance fighter - especially via social media.”

“There, he spreads hatred against Jews, migrants, journalists, and politicians,” he said, adding that “his group believed in the racist Great Replacement myth”. He added that the group had been mobilised to try to set up his armed compound at the height of the panic over non-white invasion into Europe around 2015.

The trial has been adjourned until April.

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