Noah Becker, the son of former German tennis player Boris Becker, has said he will press charges against a deputy from the far-right AfD party who called him a “little half-negro” on Twitter, according to Bild daily newspaper.
“I have been retained to quickly take the necessary steps under criminal and civil law against MP Jens Maier on the basis of this clearly racist tweet,” Becker family lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser told Bild.
The tweet, which was apparently in response to an interview given by Noah Becker in which he complained of being known as his Boris Becker’s son, read: “It seems the little half-negro simply got too little attention – that’s the only explanation for his behaviour.”
Maier, a former judge in the east German city of Dresden was elected to the Bundestag as an MP for the Alternative for Germany party in September, denied posting the tweet and blamed it on one of his staff members. It has since been deleted.
This is the second time in a few days that members of the AfD have caused outrage with racist and xenophobic tweets. MP Beatrix von Storch, Deputy Leader of the AfD was temporarily banned from the social media site and is being investigated by police for incitement to hatred for a tweet in which she referred to “hordes of barbaric, Muslim and rapist men.”
Von Storch’s tweet came in response to one by the Cologne Police that was posted in English, French and Arabic in which they wished people a happy, “peaceful and respectful” beginning to the new year.
“What the hell is wrong with this country? Why is the official page of police in NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) tweeting in Arabic? Are they seeking to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men?!” wrote von Storch.
In last year’s general election the AfD became the first far-right party to win seats in Germany’s parliament in more than half a century after winning 12.6 percent of the vote. If Angela Merkel’s Conservatives form another grand coalition with the Social Democrats it would leave the AfD as the largest opposition party in the Bundestag.