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Publish Date: 19:51 - 16 September 2020
Wednesday, 16 September 2020_More than 200 police in western Germany swooped Wednesday on colleagues accused of spreading ‘repulsive’ far-right propaganda in online chatrooms, a state interior minister said.

German police raid officers accused of neo-Nazi online chatsIn the latest political scandal to rock Germany's security services, Herbert Reul, interior minister of Germany's most populous region North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), said the raids targeted 34 police stations and private homes connected to 11 main suspects.

The police officers are believed to have shared more than 100 neo-Nazi images in WhatsApp groups including swastikas, pictures of Adolf Hitler and a digitally altered image of a refugee in the gas chamber of a concentration camp.

"This is the worst and most repulsive kind of hate-baiting," Reul told reporters, adding that he expected the investigation to turn up further chats with offensive content.

The suspects could face charges including incitement to racial hatred.

A total of 29 police officers are facing disciplinary proceedings connected to the case and have been suspended pending their outcome.

A spokesman for the federal interior ministry called the reports "highly alarming" and demanded a quick and thorough investigation to determine the extent of any far-right infiltration of the police.

"It casts a negative light on police across Germany in our view and is a slap in the face for officers who demonstrate their great loyalty to the free democratic order every day under the most difficult circumstances," the spokesman Steve Alter told reporters.

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