German far-right politicians slammed for anti-Muslim posts

Sean Reid
January 3, 2018

A lawmaker from the far-right Populist Party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now under investigation for incitement over a xenophobic New Year's Eve Tweet.

Von Storch's tweet-in response to a tweet from Cologne police that was in several languages, including Arabic-referenced the 2015 New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, which were marred by disturbing mass sexual assaults against women, mostly by migrant men. The tweet did not obviously please the German MP who replied: "What the hell is happening in this country?"

When von Storch regained access to her social media account she posted that she had been "censored", adding that 'This is the end of the constitutional state'.

"Do they think they will calm the barbaric, Muslim, group-raping hordes of men this way?" The Cologne police, meanwhile, said on Monday that they have filed a criminal complaint against von Storch for hate speech. She posted on Twitter a screen grab of a message she received from Facebook informing her that a post similar to her disputed tweet had been withheld in Germany because it was unlawful.

"As a point of fact", she continued, "public censorship now exists in Germany despite the fact that it is outlawed by the German constitution". "Beatrix von Storch rightfully criticizes that German police tweets in Arabic - and is blocked!" "The year begins with the censorship law and the submission of our authorities in front of the imported, marauding, groping, beating, knife stabbing migrant mobs, which we should get used", she posted on Facebook.

In December, the social network booted Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who famously posted three bigoted anti-Muslim videos that were later shared by President Donald Trump, as well as least two other accounts tied to the United Kingdom -based group in what became known as the #TwitterPurge.

Social media platforms face hefty fines in Germany if they fail to remove hateful postings swiftly, and companies like Facebook and Twitter have hired extra staff to monitor such messages.

Ever since Merkel's open-door policy has been in effect, "crime and violence have become a part of daily life in Germany", von Storch told Breitbart.

In 2016, the party published a manifesto declaring Islam as "not welcome" in Germany.

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