Police raid hate speech suspects during nationwide crackdown in Germany

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Police have conducted 91 operations in over 14 states and suspects homes have been searched as a part of an annual nationwide campaign against online hate speech  

The police in Germany have conducted major crackdowns across the country, after multiple operations were planned against online hate speech in the country. According to a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday, November 30, German authorities have been conducting such raids annually since 2016.

The report said, police carried the operation this year across 14 states in Germany. A total of 91 operations were conducted where German Police searched homes and questioned suspects as part of their investigations.

A statement in the article by Nancy Faeser, Germany´s top security official said, “crimes committed on social media, messaging apps and Internet forums provide fertile ground for extremist violence”. She also added, “We need to draw clear lines here and get the culprits out of their supposed anonymity,”

The report states, three women and six men were investigated during the raids. According to the prosecutor, the allegations against them include incitement to hatred, defamation and libel, the report said.

The official statistics by the Federal Police state that every year over 2,000 politically motivated crimes take place in Germany. The article also said the actual figures are likely to be much higher as many illegal posts are made in closed groups or are not reported.

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