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Police put dent in neo-Nazi websites

The Local · 9 Jun 2010, 08:41

Published: 09 Jun 2010 08:41 GMT+02:00

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According to daily Hamburger Abendblatt, efforts by the police and intelligence services have begun to pay off, with fewer dangerous websites on the internet than a year ago.

The figures were revealed by federal government in response to questions put by opposition Social Democrats (SPD).

The government said the drop was the result of work by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, or Verfassungsschutz, and of tougher searching and controlling of cyberspace by the police.

“This drop was enabled by intensive measures of German security services,” the parliamentary state secretary for the Family Ministry, Hermann Kues, said.

The Verfassungsschutz puts the present number of neo-Nazi homepages at about 1,000. Although the report did not specify how many there had been a year ago, it said the controlling body website, jugendschutz.net, which investigates breaches of youth protection laws, managed to shut down 40 websites with illegal content.

According to the government, neo-Nazi communities across Germany are relying more heavily on the internet.

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The government’s response to the SPD showed that authorities had no new information on the online activities of far-right groups such as the Kameradschaft Aachener Land, which encourages visitors to name groups or individuals with an “anti-German, left-wing extremist or communist viewpoint.''

“The significance of these internet sites is – with a few grave exceptions – fairly low.”

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:19 June 9, 2010 by -GD-
What is being done to curb left-wing extremism?
14:30 June 9, 2010 by Talonx
@ GD

Left-wing extremism wasn't the point of the article. Get a clue.
16:37 June 9, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Talonx --

I haven't seen that many left-wing extremist websites. Have you?

As I mentioned on another thread some time ago, I conducted a lengthy interview with one of the neo-Nazi leaders in Hamburg back in the early '90s. His name is Christian Worch and as far as I can determine he's still around and up to his old tricks. He's one of the most frightening excuses for a human being I've ever encountered, his Armani suits and all. These people need to be monitored as closely as an AIDS epidemic, in my opinion. They are a menace to any society.
23:54 June 10, 2010 by wxman
On this one, I agree with you guys.
21:34 June 11, 2010 by Bildad
Phew! I'm sure glad the government is protecting me from the free flow of information and public opinion. How could I possibly discern what is intelligent and what is stupid on my own?
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