Tougher laws against extremism needed after Halle attack



The right-wing extremist shootings in Halle this month which killed two people on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur have stirred calls in the European Parliament for stronger laws to combat extremism. The EPP Group´s Lena Düpont is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
We can always need more and ambitious fight against extremism in Europe, wherever it comes from, either it´s left, it´s anti-Semitism, it´s right-wing extremism. I think we all need to stand strongly together against these issues.

Text: Tougher legislation against streaming attacks?
I think existing laws should be strengthened because we do have all the discussion about terrorist content online and it clearly falls into this regulation. We need to build up a strong community together with the social platforms to work on it together, because we know Halle was online for about half an hour, which is too long, because it spread from there to other platforms, to other accounts, and we need to be strongly fighting this again.

Text: Is more help needed for terror victims?
I think we need to focus more on what we can do for the victims, after they have become victims. There´s one stream: preventive measures, but in the end if they become victims, we need to protect them, in psychological ways and financial ways, help them to recover whatever their lives could be afterwards, and we need to just say that we are there for the victims and that we care for them.
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  • Laura Barrios
    EPP TV Assistant Producer