Beatrix von Stroch, a German politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Alternative for Germany since July 2015 and Member of the Bundestag since September 2017, had her Twitter and Facebook accounts deactivated on New Year's Eve, for calling Muslim men violent and barbaric, reports the German TV channel DW news. "Why did an official police site from North Rhine-Westphalia tweet in Arabic?"
Von Storch accused Cologne police for assuaging, "barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men" after the official twitter handle of Cologne police tweeted new year wishes in Arabic, reported the BBC.
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. Some 1,200 women reported being molested and assaulted on entering the main railway station and near the city's famous cathedral.
Similar atrocities were only avoided this year, she said, through the deployment of "a vast number of police". Ahead of the festivities, local police published on its social media pages instructions for party-goers with a plea stating: "Celebrate peacefully, show respect".
Von Storch's account was blocked by Twitter for 12 hours following her post, and the tweet has since been removed.
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Prosecutors in NRW must first decide whether they should deal with the police complaint against von Storch or transfer the case to Berlin authorities given that her constituency is in the capital.
"As a point of fact", she continued, "public censorship now exists in Germany despite the fact that it is outlawed by the German constitution". "I will continue to call barbarians if we need protection zones against such people she wrote in another post".
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'.
Under a law that took full effect in Germany on Monday, Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies can be fined as much as €50 million ($60 million) if they fail to remove hate speech and fake news posts quickly.