German police target online hate speech in multiple raids

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German police carried out raids nationwide targeting the purveyors of online hate speech, officials said on Monday. Officers in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate took the lead in the raids, although they did not reveal how many other states were involved. “Hate and incitement have no place in our society,” said Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz. The issue is linked to the killing of two police officers in January, a crime that caused a national outcry. After the shooting, Lewentz set up a special hate speech investigation unit due to online commentary. In the first three wee…

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