Deggendorf (AP) - A Facebook campaign by the AfD in Deggendorf, Bavaria, has resulted in 257 preliminary investigations and three charges of incitement.

In nearly 100 cases, the prosecution against the Internet users issued penalties with fines, said a spokesman for the prosecutor on Friday in Deggendorf. Around 40 defendants had already paid. Of the 257 procedures, 56 had been discontinued because the investigators could not locate the people hidden behind pseudonyms.

In December 2017, African asylum seekers demanded better accommodation at the local transit center, with protests lasting several days and a hunger strike. The Deggendorfer AfD posted a livestream of the protests on their Facebook page, where people then let their hatred run wild - and demanded, for example, to asylum seekers to gas or send to the extermination camp Auschwitz.

According to the spokesman, the three defendants were already conspicuous before their hate comments and therefore probably have to answer to the court. When the processes could begin, remained unclear at first. First the Bayerischer Rundfunk reported on it.

The Bavarian AfD leader Martin Sichert said on request that his party consistently block users who made punitive comments. He also said: "We would like to see the state control the borders as closely as the comments in the network." Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) said that the Internet was not a law-free area. "No one can hide behind his screen, even with pseudonyms or fancy names."