How many German police officers does it take to shut down one neo-Nazi radio station? More than 270, according to the BBC, which reported this week that authorities arrested 23 people suspected of involvement in a hate-mongering, far-right Internet broadcasting operation.
Widerstands Radio — the name means “resistance” — had been under investigation since October 2009, according to the DW World news site. Along with commentary, it played music from German and international skinhead bands which included racist and neo-Nazi content — illegal in Germany.
Twenty-two households were raided across Germany on Wednesday, most in the western states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, DW World said. Among the charges laid: Forming a criminal organization and inciting racial hatred, according to the BBC. Police seized computers, hard drives and cell phones. They also found a number of weapons.