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Germany bans neo-Nazi Nordadler group

BERLIN, Germany – Germany s interior ministry announced Tuesday, June 23, it had banned a far-right neo-Nazi group that operates mainly via social media networks. From this morning, police measures are under way in 4 regional states, a ministry spokesman said on Twitter, referring to raids targeting the Nordadler (Eagle of the North) group. Right-wing extremism and anti-semitism no longer have a place on the internet, spokesman Steve Alter said. Raids were underway in North Rhineland-Westphalia, Saxony, Brandenburg and Lower Saxony, the DPA domestic news agency reported. Nordadler was the third small, far-right group to be outlawed in Germany this year following several attacks, including a shooting at a synagogue that left two dead in the eastern city of Halle last October. The group uses the symbols and language of Adolf Hitler s Third Reich to voice nostalgia for the Nazi regime and anti-semitism. Nordadler, which had plans to set up a neo-Nazi community in the German countryside, expressed support for the Halle attacker who admitted to anti-Semitic and far-right motives. Last February, another gunman shot dead nine people of migrant origin in the central town of Hanau. A German neo-Nazi went on trial last week for the 2019 murder of a pro-refugee politician. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has declared far-right extremism the biggest security threat facing Germany and promised tougher security measures, including a crackdown on online hate speech. – Rappler.com

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