(Web Desk) - A police investigation is undergoing after a German politician tweeted inflammatory anti-Muslim comments on the eve of the New Year. "Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?" wrote Beatrix von Storch, the deputy leader of the AfD's parliamentary group.
In an interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Ms. Von Storch recalled that more than a thousand women and girls were "victims of sexual violence and harassment by Muslim asylum-seekers and so-called refugees" during Cologne's notorious New Year's Eve celebrations in 2015.
The following year, police in the city came under criticism for questioning hundreds of men of North African descent.
Similar atrocities were only avoided this year, she said, through the deployment of "a vast number of police".
In 2016, the party published a manifesto declaring Islam as "not welcome" in Germany.
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. The Cologne police, meanwhile, said on Monday that they have filed a criminal complaint against von Storch for hate speech. Storch's party defended her comments on the social media claiming that the removal of her statement was a form of censorship.
Twitter suspended Ms Storch's account for 12 hours in response to her post, saying it had breached the site's rules. "Beatrix von Storch rightfully criticizes that German police tweets in Arabic - and is blocked!"
Otherwise they could be fined up to $60 million.
Twitter and Facebook have deleted the posts.
Fellow members of the populists party lamented what they called "censorship attempts" by the social media and the federal government, referring to a new law that came into effect in the new year, in an attempt to clamp down on online hate speech.
"Maybe next time should again play the German NATIONAL team?" wrote the then deputy national chairwoman of the AfD.
Von Storch had previously caused a public outrage after suggesting that firearms should be used against immigrants that try to illegally cross the border into Germany.