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Germany: Berlin announces new measures to tackle far-right extremism after Halle attack03:27

Germany: Berlin announces new measures to tackle far-right extremism after Halle attack

Germany, Berlin
October 30, 2019 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer outlined Berlin's new measures to tackle right-wing extremism following the recent anti-Semitic attack in Halle, during a press conference in the German capital on Wednesday.

One of the new measures is a tightening of Germany's gun control laws, which Seehofer outlined.

"It is very important for me that we do everything possible to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of extremists, or if they [the extremists] have already got [access to weapons] - to deprive them from weapons in a legal way," he said.

Seehofer added that when handing out firearms licenses an official request should be made to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence service.

"It is absolutely out of the question that we withdraw the personnel fighting Islamic terror and put them in a fight against right-wing extremism," he added.

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht also spoke at the press conference and outlined new measures to tackle online hate speech; mandating that social media platforms report posts containing hate speech to authorities rather than just deleting them speedily.

Germany: Berlin announces new measures to tackle far-right extremism after Halle attack03:27
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer outlined Berlin's new measures to tackle right-wing extremism following the recent anti-Semitic attack in Halle, during a press conference in the German capital on Wednesday.

One of the new measures is a tightening of Germany's gun control laws, which Seehofer outlined.

"It is very important for me that we do everything possible to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of extremists, or if they [the extremists] have already got [access to weapons] - to deprive them from weapons in a legal way," he said.

Seehofer added that when handing out firearms licenses an official request should be made to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence service.

"It is absolutely out of the question that we withdraw the personnel fighting Islamic terror and put them in a fight against right-wing extremism," he added.

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht also spoke at the press conference and outlined new measures to tackle online hate speech; mandating that social media platforms report posts containing hate speech to authorities rather than just deleting them speedily.