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German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim tweets

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A far-right German MP is under police investigation over inflammatory anti-Muslim comments she made on social media on New Year’s Eve. The Twitter account of Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD party, was temporarily suspended, but she was later posting again on the site. Ms. von Storch accused Cologne police of appeasing “barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men” after they tweeted a New Year message in many languages that also includes Arabic.

The authorities are considering whether Ms. von Storch should be charged with incitement to hatred, a criminal offence. Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours after the post, as it breached the site’s rules.

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