A man holds a German national flag during an election campaign event for Germany’s far-right AfD. Photo: AFP

Germany tightens hate speech and gun laws to fight far-right extremism in wake of synagogue attack

  • Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has signed off on a raft of measures that in particular target weapons sales and hate speech online
  • The new legislation forces internet companies to flag problematic content, including death threats and incitement of racial hatred, to police
Topic |   Germany

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A man holds a German national flag during an election campaign event for Germany’s far-right AfD. Photo: AFP
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A man shoots a long-barrelled gun in Halle, Germany. Photo: ATV-Studio via AP

German attacker had planned to blow up synagogue in ‘massacre’ on Yom Kippur

  • A suspect who shot two people had about 4kg (9lbs) of explosives in his car, which he had planned to use to blow up a synagogue, a German prosecutor said
  • The victims, reportedly a German man and woman, appeared to be chosen at random when the assailant failed to gain access to the place of worship
Topic |   Crime

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