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Luftwaffe April 6th, 2016 1:56pm

German police officers raided German citizens houses to look for "Hate speech" material in their electronic devices. Do you believe that police officers should be able to raid houses and arrest citizens for promoting "Hate speech"?

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04/06/16 6:42 pm

The Germans put many rules in place after the war to ensure certain behaviors were nullified.

Maj Worth Economist
04/06/16 7:49 am

US: freedom of speech > hate speech

Germany: freedom of speech < hate speech

Luftwaffe South of Heaven
04/06/16 8:07 am

I know this, but the poll asked if it was right for them to do this?

UniversePlan Michigan
04/06/16 7:01 am

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Luftwaffe South of Heaven
04/06/16 6:57 am

Translation: Police searched through ten apartments for alleged Internet agitators in several Berlin boroughs during a large scale raid on Wednesday morning. Computers, mobile phones and laptops were seized in the action - but also drugs and "objects that infringe upon gun laws", as the Berliner Zeitung has reported.

58 officers were involved in the operation. A police spokesman stated at a press conference that most of the searched parties were right-wingers. However, "some of these people were also those who had expressed their hateful opinions."

Individual online posts were also read out at the conference, according to the Morgenpost. In one post about a refugee who had been shot dead by Bulgarian border police, one user wrote for instance: "The main thing is that one less is again unfortunately too little; best thing would be to gun them all down, such that the whole pack goes."

Luftwaffe South of Heaven
04/06/16 6:57 am

Politicians were also threatened and abused online, like the Turkish-born Green politician Özcan Mutlu. "Öczan Mutlu you deserve to be put down you rat", some people wrote to him on Facebook, and also "Green Turk-Nazi!" or just "Piss off, you Turk."

The number of proceedings in Berlin alone due to hate postings has increased enormously over the past few months, stated the spokesman. There were 196 such cases in 2014, and already 289 in 2015. Hate postings were present in all social media networks, but the majority were on Facebook.

A similar raid against authors of extreme right-wing agitprop posts had already taken place once before in November in Berlin. The Internet is not "an extralegal space", stated the spokesman from the police in light of the new raid, according to the Berliner Zeitung. The accused must now face high fines.