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Germany Sees Rise in On-line Hate

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A sharp rise has occurred here in the use of computers to distribute extreme right-wing propaganda, according to the German Verfassungsschutz, a federal office that monitors political extremism and subversive activities.

About 250 people are connected to a system that is being used to publish right- wing newspapers, to send related mail and to exchange computer programs, according to the government.

The system’s slogan is: “We’re inside, the government is outside.”

German authorities suspect that the system is organized by a college student in Bavarian town of Erlangen.

The use of computers gives neo-Nazi groups flexibility to deal with unexpected events. They can mobilize their members on short notice and organize large events.

The Interior Ministry here is studying suggestions on how to curtail the spread of the right-wing communication system.

The content of the messages is illegal under German law, which prohibits the circulation of anti-Semitic propaganda, the glorification of the Third Reich or the use of Nazi symbols for advancing political causes.

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