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German woman blocked by Facebook for detailing racist abuse

RACIALLY ABUSED: Imoan Kinshasa (Photo credit: Imoan Kinshasa)

A BLACK German woman has created an anti-racism blog after Facebook removed her for a revealing description of racial abuse she suffered in Austria.

According to BBC, Imoan Kinshasa says youths insulted her with the "N-word" and people stared at her when she wore a traditional dirndl dress at a wine festival near Vienna.

Facebook censored her post because she repeatedly used the offensive term which was aimed directly at her.

In her blog (in German) she posted the message from Facebook explaining that her original post had violated the social networking site's community standards. It says the block is active for three days.

She wrote that no sooner had she arrived in Traiskirchen with some friends that a group of boys insulted her, using the N-word.

Speaking to the BBC, Kinshasa said she was aware of "everyday racism" not only in Austria, but also in Bavaria.

"Basically it's the same, because Bavaria and Austria are very similar - there's not a big difference when it comes to racism."

"I want to share others' stories - I got a tonne of stories from others about racism."

By publicising the experiences of other racism victims, she said, "we can show that we are all human and have feelings, and it hurts".

Kinshasa grew up in Bavaria and says she loves the dirndl. "Whatever I wear, people stare at me," she complained.

The 25-year-old IT professional who now lives in Vienna said the level of racism is not as bad there as in small-town Austria.

Austria now has an anti-immigration government, which includes the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). And German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a hardliner on immigration, was previously Bavarian prime minister.

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