20 Arrested in Crackdown on Hate Music

At least 20 people were arrested last week in an ongoing crackdown on members and producers of popular music groups propagating Nazi ideas and hatred of foreigners.

It was the second such arrest in two weeks.

Police said they had found incriminating audio and videotapes during a sweep of musicians’ apartments and offices on March 25.

The materials were confiscated and are to be examined by legal experts.

This latest action was largely directed against Storkraft, a leading rock group whose name means disruptive power, and other producers of so-called “skinhead rock.”

An officer at the Wiesbaden headquarters of the federal police said some of those arrested may soon face criminal charges for inciting to racial discrimination, anti-Semitism and violence against non-Germans.

The raids were a part of a continuing government campaign designed to hit at the infrastructure of neo-Nazi groups and their supporters.

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