"With this ban, we are putting an end to the inhuman activities of an internationally active neo-Nazi group in Germany," Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement, calling the measure a "hard blow against organized right-wing extremism."
Early on Tuesday morning, German task forces began searching the houses of 28 members of the group in 10 states, including the capital Berlin.
The ministry said that the group's purpose and activities were "violating criminal law," and it was "opposing the constitutional order and the idea of international understanding."
#Germany bans neo-Nazi group with #US links, conducts raids in 10 states. Hammerskins Germany, which consolidates its far-right ideology particularly through concerts, has about 130 members. pic.twitter.com/StvY8xC5Er
The banned group is an offshoot of Hammerskins Nation, which was founded in 1988 in the United States. In Germany, the group has around 130 members, officials say.
With the U.S. authorities' support, Germany's federal and state governments have been working on the ban for more than a year. It is the 20th right-wing extremist group to be banned by the German government.
According to the latest official constitution protection report, the number of extremist crimes in Germany reached an all-time high in 2022. More than 35,400 crimes with an extremist motivation were reported last year.