German authorities have investigated hundreds of internet users over comments they made on a Facebook video posted by the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
German prosecutors in the southern state of Bavaria said on Friday that they’ve launched 257 official incitement investigations over a Facebook campaign by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) that targeted asylum-seekers.
The investigations have resulted in fines for 97 people so far, prosecutors in the town of Deggendorf told local public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. Three people have been formally charged with incitement, although it is not clear when their court dates will be.
Another 56 cases had to be dropped, as investigators could not determine exactly who was behind the comments as users hid their identities with pseudonyms. (…)
The same German authorities, who failed miserably to bring in the culprits of the 2016 New Year’s Eve sexual assaults by migrants — despite hundreds of testimonies by the victims, reliable eyewitness accounts and massive amount of surveillance footage, have shown great efficiency in tracking down dissent to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open immigration policy.