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German Far-Right AfD Cries Censorship Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

  • AfD leaders double down, urge users to repeat deleted comments
  • Action follows new German law cracking down on hate speech

Alternative for Germany, a far-right opposition party that brands Chancellor Angela Merkel a traitor, accused the government of censorship after saying Twitter Inc. deleted derogatory comments about Muslim men by two of its leaders.

Deputy party head Beatrix von Storch said on Facebook that Twitter temporarily locked her account and deleted a posting she made referring to Cologne police. Von Storch suggested that the police tweet, posted in Arabic on New Year’s Eve, pandered to Muslim “gang-raping hordes of men.” Other AfD party leaders joined in, one of them comparing the curbs to secret-police methods used in ex-communist East Germany.