The suspects are accused of hate speech on the Internet.  (icon picture)

In connection with nationwide investigations into hate and hate speech on the Internet, the police also searched three apartments in Brandenburg.

Mainz/Potsdam – In connection with nationwide investigations into hate and hate speech on the Internet, police also in Brandenburg three apartments searched.

The suspects are accused of hate speech on the Internet. (Iconic image) © Fabian Sommer/dpa

This was announced by the spokesman for the police headquarters, Torsten Herbst, on Monday. The three suspects between the ages of 17 and 35 are accused of disturbing the public peace by approving criminal offences.

Apartments in the Spree-Neisse, Elbe-Elster and Oder-Spree districts were searched on Monday morning. According to the information, the police seized various storage media, including PCs, laptops and mobile phones.

There were searches on Monday morning in 15 federal states in the apartments of 75 suspects who are accused of making hate speech on the Internet. A total of 150 suspects were being investigated in 172 cases of criminally relevant statements, said Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (59, SPD) on Monday in Mainz.

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“When words are used like weapons, consistent government action is required,” added Lewentz.

During the searches, 180 data carriers such as smartphones, notebooks and other digital devices were secured, as the Vice President of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Criminal Police Office (LKA), Achim Füssel, announced. The investigations are being conducted by the “Hate Speech” investigation group at the LKA Rheinland-Pfalz, which was set up after the killing of two police officers on January 31 in the West Palatinate district of Kusel.

According to Lewentz, the reason for this was statements on the Internet “in which the murder was celebrated and the victims made contemptible”.

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