Germany has banned a far-left website after police raids of its supporters turned up a cache of weapons, including knives, batons, pipes, catapults, expandable batons, and butterfly knives.
Operation of linksunten.indymedia.org is now a crime, and the site has been taken down.
Interestingly, they didn’t use a censorship law, they simply banned the org that ran the website. Details in German https://t.co/eS4S3y3XnM
— Nicolas Kayser-Bril (@nicolaskb) August 25, 2017
Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister, said:
“For years they’ve been using this platform to sow the seeds of hate against representatives of the country and people who think differently. They actively urge people to use violence against people and objects. Left-wing extremists distribute detailed instructions on how to make Molotov cocktails and how to start fires.”
A graphic illustration of the Minister’s Point was made in Hamburg in early July, when nearly 200 police officers were injured in clashes with masked protesters against the G20 summit.
He said the site had been used to organise the violence, exchange tips, and rally activists.