For now they’re going after local hard line Salafists, but this does set an important precedent. European countries have generally only targeted Islamist groups for overt criminality and refrained from applying the kind of legal measures they have used against far right groups.
Authorities in Germany have banned three Islamist groups, accusing them of being “anti-democratic” and seeking to impose sharia law.
DawaFFM, Islamische Audios and An-Nussrah all adhere to ultra-conservative Salafist doctrine.
“Salafism, as represented by the groups banned today, is incompatible with our peaceful, democratic system,” Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement.
“DawaFFM, Islamische Audios and An-Nussrah aim to change our society in an aggressive way so that democracy is replaced by a Salafist system and the state of law replaced by sharia,” he went on.
The Interior Minister was careful to limit his condemnation of Salafism to these groups specifically, which is disappointing, but it creeps closer to a rationale for targeting Islamist groups in general.
If any group that seeks to replace democracy with Islamism and state law with Sharia is admitted to be inherently anti-democratic and incompatible with the German system, then the question of aggressive change of political change is largely a technical one.