German nationalist lawmaker's anti-Muslim tweet prompts complaint

03 January, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • Nigel Farage Beatrix von Storch

Beatrix von Storch had both her Twitter and Facebook accounts frozen on January 1 for supposedly violating "hate speech" rules, after the political leader expressed her anger on social media at a New Year's greeting issued in Arabic by the Cologne Police.

Twitter and Facebook have since deleted the posts, while Twitter also temporarily suspended Ms Von Storch's account.

Von Storch blamed Cologne police of appeasing "barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men" for their tweeted new year message in Arabic.

Von Storch said that ever since the disaster of 2015, Cologne has become "a sad symbol of the failure of Germany's immigration policy", and yet the Cologne police "used the Arabic language to wish people a Happy New Year", a choice she called "absolutely inappropriate".

Von Storch is now under consideration by authorities on whether she should be charged for incitement of hatred, a criminal offence.

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After regaining access to her account, she wrote: "Facebook has now also censored me. That is the end of the constitutional state", she wrote, showing the message she received from the social media giant. Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic.

Twitter and Facebook have deleted the posts.

Gauland, who is not active on social media, encouraged social media users to "keep publishing" the erased comments from von Storch. "If we suspect that it could be a criminal offense, we are legally obliged to do so", he said.

The granddaughter of Hitler's finance minister Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Beatrix von Storch is a descendent of the former ruling family of Oldenburg.

"Political correctness has led to a situation where a lot of severe problems can no longer be addressed openly", Ms von Storch told Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung daily. By 2014, she was a Member of European Parliament representing AfD and has been vocal about the party's anti-immigrant stance. After the French national soccer team defeated the German Mannschaft in the Euro 2016 semi-finals, the AfD lawmaker took to Twitter to express her disappointment and imply that Germany's loss might have had something to do with the migration background of its players.

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