German Police Press for Incitement Charge Against Far-Right Lawmaker

HeadlineJan 03, 2018
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In Germany, police have asked a prosecutor to investigate a lawmaker with the far-right AfD party on charges of “incitement to hatred,” after she posted an Islamophobic and racist comment on social media. Beatrix von Storch, a member of parliament with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, was criticizing a local police department for tweeting a New Year’s greeting in Arabic. Her tweet, translated from German, reads, “What the hell is going on in this country? Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic? Are they trying to appease the barbarian, Muslim, gang-raping male hordes?” Von Storch’s account was later suspended. In September, her party won 94 out of 709 seats in Germany’s parliament.

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