Germany has banned a left-wing extremist online platform it said incited and fuelled violence during protests at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July. 
The crackdown has made the use of the far-left website “linksunten.indymedia“, which allegedly played a key role in linking activists, organising and stirring violence in Hamburg, a criminal offence.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said the website was being shut down for “showing hate” and encouraging behaviours which “trampled human dignity”. 
The ban of one of the most influential left-wing extremist platforms to operate in Germany will cover not only the website but also the network’s email and social media accounts and its licence to operate as an organisation. The site came offline on Friday morning. 
With a month to go before German voters go to the polls to chose their next Chancellor, authorities do not want to see a repeat of the violent protests led by anarchists and far-left …