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Former Green party head Cem Özdemir

In Germany, numerous politicians have said they have recently received death threats from extremists. The German government is drafting legislation to act against people sending threats online.

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports on Monday, November 4, that former Green party heads Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth were sent death threats by a neo-Nazi group — the latest in a long list of federal, state and local politicians who have been threatened in recent weeks.

Thorsten Frei, the vice chairman of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative parliamentary group in the Bundestag, said he plans on getting the government’s extremism-fighting packet passed into law soon.

The government’s plans include measures to combat hate speech and right-wing extremism online, including requiring social media companies to give German authorities the IP addresses of users who have been flagged for posting hate speech and other criminal content.

«Whoever incites and threatens online must be pursued more harshly and effectively in the future,» Stephan Mayer, the parliamentary secretary of the German Interior Ministry, told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper, as quoted by DW.


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