German Police recently raided the homes of 36 mostly right-wing individuals accused of writing “hateful” posts on social media.
According to The New York Times, 33 of the raids were due to “politically motivated right-wing incitement,” while only two of the raids were due to left wing extremist content.
One raid targeted someone accused of making threats based on sexual orientation.
The New York Times quotes Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, as stating, “our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence, and violence either on the street or on the internet.”
According to WND, social media users that are arrested and charged with “inciting racial hatred,” face up to five years imprisonment under German law, irrespective of if physical violence was committed.
The outlet quotes Paul Nehlen, who recently announced that he would challenge Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district primary in 2018, as stating, “meanwhile, Islamists mow down people with cars and trucks at Christmas markets in Germany.”
“It’s madness. German authorities are backing their own citizens into a corner with these types of draconian measures. When did Germany become Cuba, jailing people for political dissent? I’ve heard some of the never-Trumper crowd in the U.S. and in Europe refer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the new leader of the free world. I wonder how those jailed German citizens living under Merkel’s jack-boot feel about her ‘free-world leadership,'” he added.
A similar arrest was carried out in Sussex, United Kingdom this week.
A man was sentenced to 20 months in prison for each of the eight counts of “publishing threatening written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims” on Facebook.
In a statement, Sussex Police Hate Crime Sgt. Peter Allan said, “I hope the sentence handed down by the court on Friday acts as a deterrent to others and sends a reassuring message to those who may be directly targeted or are more widely affected by people’s use of social media to spread messages of fear and hate.”
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) June 20, 2017
“I encourage people who witness such content, to report it to the provider of the social media platform, but such reports can also be made to us online,” he added.
Welp. That ought to stop bombings, stabbings, pavement mountings, fires, shootings, beatings, rapes, druggings, kidnappings, groomings, etc https://t.co/0YFZxhfXI6
— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) June 21, 2017
“Hate crime can take many forms including verbal or online abuse on social media. If you see it, report it,” said Police in Cheshire, a county in England, in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack.
“Europe is under siege,” said Paul Nehlen, according to WND, in response to the censorship.
“Intimidating and jailing the most vocal part of your populace isn’t going to stop the problem. Quite the contrary. What European nations are inadvertently telling their citizens is that they will, at some point in the very near future, need to physically engage the invasion force themselves. Speaking out against the invasion won’t result in help from your government, it will get you removed from the battlefield.”