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Germany: Greens call for a strategy against hate crime

Magdeburg - The Greens in Saxony-Anhalt have called for a stronger fight against hate crime on the Internet. A state-wide strategy against said or written crimes is necessary, said the parliamentary director of the Greens parliamentary group in Saxony-Anhalt, Sebastian Striegel, according to the dpa news agency.

"Too often, hate crime is still viewed as banal by government agencies," he criticized. In addition to "raising awareness" among the police for the issue, more prevention work must be done.

BKA expects 150,000 cases of hate crime
In addition, the Greens in the federal state advocate being able to state "hatred" as a possible motivation for criminal charges. The officials should also increasingly rely on usable screenshots during the investigation.

The Network Enforcement Act to combat hate crimes was tightened nationwide in February. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), it expects around 150,000 criminal proceedings per year. In Germany there are always raids on private households because of insulting posts on the Internet.

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