Europe

Germany bans far-right Internet platform, detains 2

The German government has banned a far-right Internet platform that it accuses of spreading "racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, homophobic and anti-Islamic content" and federal prosecutors say two people have been arrested.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday the ban on the Altermedia Deutschland platform is "a clear sign that the rule of law doesn't allow hate crime."

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that two Germans, identified only as Jutta V. and Ralph Thomas K. in line with German privacy rules, were arrested on suspicion of founding a criminal organization and incitement. Three other suspects weren't arrested.

The raids were conducted in homes in four German states and the northeastern Spanish town of Lloret de Mar.