Neo-Nazi music files spark German raids
Thursday, March 25, 2004 Posted: 1830 GMT (0230 HKT)
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- German police raided the homes of more than 300 people Wednesday whom they suspect of posting neo-Nazi music files on the Internet for others to download, the Federal Crime Office said in a statement.
Police said the nationwide raids followed investigations into 342 people who had posted songs by skinhead bands on the Internet. The songs contained lyrics inciting racial hatred, the crime agency said.
"Sharpen your long knives on the pavements; delve them into Jewish bodies."
More than 100 people have been killed in racist violence in Germany since unification in 1990. Most of the attacks are random and involve skinheads picking on foreigners in the street.
Property has also been attacked. Swastikas have been daubed on Jewish gravestones, bricks thrown at Turkish kebab shops and firebombs hurled at asylum hostels. Most synagogues have 24-hour police guards.
German police raided homes of more than 300 people on Wednesday whom they suspect them of sharing neo-Nazi music files on the Internet.