German thought police raided the homes of a host of Germans for allegedly posting “anti-migrant messages, anti-Semitic messages and songs with banned lyrics” on social media, the Associated Press reports.
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say they’ve raided 10 residences in the German capital in a crackdown against far-right hate speech on social media.
Police spokesman Michael Gassen said Wednesday the morning raids involved nine suspects who used Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to spread hate. He says authorities want to emphasize “the Internet is not a law-free zone” and that if illegal speech is posted “it won’t be without consequences.”
The suspects, identified as men between 22 and 58, are alleged to have posted anti-migrant messages, anti-Semitic messages and songs with banned lyrics, among other things. They face possible fines if found guilty.
Ruptly reports the operation involved “some 60 police and security officers.”