Germany Begins Mass Arrests of Citizens for ‘Insulting’ Elected Officials
Federal Criminal Police raided scores of apartments and houses
The German government has begun prosecuting citizens who have allegedly leveled insults against politicians online.
Authorities have raided the homes of hundreds of Germans in a totalitarian effort to silence opposing voices.
Federal Criminal Police raided scores of apartments and houses for incriminating evidence on Tuesday in an effort to prosecute ”criminal content” contained in over 600 statements posted on the internet.
German police interrogated 100 people across 13 German states for allegedly posting hateful remarks against elected officials, the German news publication Der Spiegel reports.
Here is the translated tweet.
“Railing against elected officials is outlawed in Germany and warranted a so-called “joint day of action,” Bundeskriminalam, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, warned in a press release.
“The basis for these investigations is Section 188 of the Criminal Code (StGB), which was revised in spring 2021 and makes insults, slander, and defamation of people in political life particularly punishable,” the statement reads.
“Public officials and elected representatives are given special criminal protection under [Section]188 StGB, regardless of the political level, against hate postings.”
Die @GStA_FFM_ZIT & das BKA sowie weitere Strafverfolgungsbehörden gehen heute mit einem gemeinsamen Aktionstag gegen Verfasser von gezielt gegen Politiker/innen gerichteten Hasspostings vor.— Bundeskriminalamt (@bka) March 22, 2022
Seit 6 Uhr finden Maßnahmen gegen über 100 Beschuldigte in 13 Bundesländern statt. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/pJckFqEBFv
Those in the country who continue to violate Germany’s speech laws will be held accountable, cautioned by President of the Federal Criminal Police Office Holger Münch.
“Freedom of expression reaches its limits as soon as defamation, insults, and threats are involved,” Münch said.
"With the action day, we are making it clear: Anyone who posts hate messages must expect the police to be at the door afterward."
He added that federal authorities will “also works intensively against hatred and hate speech on the Internet outside of such days of action.”
Germany is also targeting its citizens for holding populist viewpoints in the name of protecting democracy.
Earlier this month, the German administrative court provided the nation’s domestic intelligence agency authority to surveil the populist Alternative for Germany, a political party with 81 seats in Bundestag, the German federal parliament.
The Western Journal reports:
Germany, where a palpable shame over the events of the 1930s and 40s remains coupled with the Cold War memory of the communist cruelty of its eastern areas, should be sensitive to encroachments upon freedom.
As, of course, should other Western European countries, and for sure the English legal heritage contained in nations of the former British Empire.