Germany raids residences of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media

| Updated: Jun 21, 2017 10:46 IST

Berlin [Germany], June 21 (ANI): The German Police has raided the residences of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism. Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone's sexual orientation, the New York Times reported. "The still high incidence of punishable hate posting shows a need for police action. Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet," Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office said in a statement. The raids come at a time when the Germans are debating the draft of a new social media law aimed at cracking down on hate speech, a measure that an array of experts said was unconstitutional at a parliamentary hearing on Monday. (ANI)

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