Hungarian MEP says put pigs’ heads on border fences to stop Muslim refugees

Gyorgy Schopflin

A Hungarian MEP has proposed putting pigs’ heads on the country’s border fences to prevent Muslim refugees trying to enter the country.

The country’s right-wing government has been criticised internationally following its intolerant attitude towards refugees.

As part of measures to stop refugees seeking to enter the country, Hungary erected a vast border fence in the hopes of blocking movement into their borders.

It recently emerged security forces have begun making scarecrows in crude attempts to deter refugees trying to enter.

In response to criticism over the tactic, Hungarian MEP for the Christian Democratic European Peoples’ Party Gyorgy Schopflin tweeted: “Human images are haram… pig’s head would deter more effectively.”

The Twitter account is listed on the official website of the European Parliament as Mr Schopflin’s account.

The MEP’s suggestion prompted anger online.

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Andrew Stroehlein from Human Rights Watch said: “Your words are disgusting. I would expect that from anonymous neo-Nazi trolls but you’re an MEP. Act like one.”

In return, Mr Schopflin said criticisms of him were “beginning to resemble hate speech” and refused to apologise.

Hugary has been criticised for appearing to hold unduly harsh attitudes towards refugees and for failing to take its fair share of refugees along with European neighbours.

Local politicians have cited concerns that to do so would cost too much financially and compromise Hungary’s Christian culture.

Of 177,135 asylum applicants to Hungary in 2015, just 146 were approved, according to government statistics.

In March 2015, the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency in the country due to Europe’s refugee crisis and deployed an additional 1,500 security personnel to the country’s Serbian frontier in a bid to deny refugees entry.

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