Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Anti-Muslim tweet lands German minister in hot water with police

Inciting hatred Beatrix von Storch deputy leader of Alternative for Germany, responded to a tweet by Cologne police in which they wished a Happy New Year in Arabic German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts
Cristina Norman | 03 January, 2018, 02:11

"Do you think that you are going to appease the barbaric, muslim, gang-raping hordes of men?"

The deputy leader of the German far-right AfD party Beatrix von Storch is under police investigation following social media posts she made on New Year's Eve. Beatrix von Storch, deputy chair of the party's parliamentary faction, slammed the police in the western city of Cologne for posting a greeting in Arabic.

Von Storch's Twitter account was blocked for several hours Monday over a suspected breach of rules on hate speech.

Police in Cologne have accused von Storch of inciting hatred. Beatrix von Storch wrote in her now-deleted post.

Her tweet was a reference to numerous attacks by groups of immigrant men on dozens of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve two years ago, which led to an outcry in Germany and a tightening of sexual harassment laws.

Rainer Wendt, who heads the right-leaning DpolG union, said that establishing a safe zone sends a "devastating message".

Alice Weidel said on Facebook that authorities were submitting to "imported, marauding, groping, abusive, knife-stabbing migrant mobs". "Why is an official police site from North Rhine-Westphalia tweeting in Arabic?" she wrote. Ahead of the festivities, local police published on its social media pages instructions for party-goers with a plea stating: "Celebrate peacefully, show respect".

Another AfD lawmaker is also being investigated after supporting Ms Von Storch.

But they are not alone in criticizing a law that requires companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to remove content that advocates violence or slander or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million).

Von Storch said on Monday that Facebook had also "censored" her.

The police department had posted the message on its Twitter account in a variety of languages including English, French and German.

She has been equally vocal about eradicating Islam from Germany.

The AfD won seats in the national parliament for the first time in September's election, riding a wave of discontent over Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to let more than one million migrants and refugees, mostly Muslims, enter Germany.

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