On June 20, the Sussex Police Force, of Sussex, England, posted a tweet that would go on to draw mixed reactions from those responding. It read “This man used Facebook to express his hatred for Muslims & has gone to prison #WeStandTogether against hate crimes." In Germany, twenty-three police departments raided thirty-six homes across fourteen German states in search of suspected ‘hate posters,' and removed their Internet-connected devices.
The reaction from the citizens of these nations was unnervingly supportive. The majority of respondents on Twitter echoed the sentiment of the hashtag. There were many standing together against the apparent crime of hateful expression, regardless of the Orwellian totalitarian enforcement tactics of the supposedly well-intentioned governments. This willful submission to the full frontal assault on freedom should send a shiver down the collective spine of those citizens around the world who value liberty over oppression.