Beatrix von Storch came under fire after she lashed out at the Cologne police for sharing a New Year's Eve message in Arabic.
The argument over von Storch's tweet and a similar post on Facebook that she said was blocked in Germany coincided with the full entry into force on Monday of a law aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks.
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.
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Overseeing such cities as Cologne and Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia police had posted a celebratory message in several languages, such as English, French and Arabic, on December 31, The Guardian reports.
Also the Twitter account of party leader Alice Weidel was blocked, after she posted on Monday a "solidarity" tweet in support of von Storch: "The year begins with the censorship law and the submission of our authorities to the imported, marauding, groping, beating, knife stabbing migrant mobs". She wrote: "Do they think they will calm the barbaric, Muslim, group-raping hordes of men this way?" Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic. Ahead of the festivities, local police published on its social media pages instructions for party-goers with a plea stating: "Celebrate peacefully, show respect".
Having started off her career as a banker, von Storch went on to become a lawyer before entering politics.
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This past summer, the German government passed its Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law requiring social media sites to monitor and immediately remove any hate speech, fake news or illegal material, or face fines. By 2014, she was a Member of European Parliament representing AfD and has been vocal about the party's anti-immigrant stance.
She has been equally vocal about eradicating Islam from Germany.
Alternative for Germany seized 92 parliamentary seats in the September elections-the strongest showing for a far-right party in the post-war era-as it capitalized on discontent over the more than one million asylum seekers who have arrived in Germany since 2015.
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