A Hungarian official is catching heat for proposing a a wall of pigs’ heads to ward off migrants.
A butcher shows his support for the French rugby team by sticking messages on pigs’ heads before the team’s Six Nations rugby union match against Wales in Cardiff March 17, 2012. The messages read “Go Blues” (L) and “Good luck” (R). REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT RUGBY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTR2ZHHB
A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has drawn criticism for his proposal to keep migrants away. Gyorgy Schopflin suggested the country use pig heads to scare off Muslim migrants trekking through Europe.
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MEP Gyorgy Schopflin’s suggestion on Monday followed criticism directed at Hungarians in rural parts of the country who’d been using other methods they hoped would frighten away migrants, such as carved vegetable roots and human-like face masks.
“Human images are haram,” the politician reportedly tweeted, using the Arabic term that refers to words or images that are considered heresy in Islam. “But agree, pig’s head would deter more effectively.” The tweet was apparently later deleted.
Muslims view pork as unclean and the Quran calls on Muslims not to eat it.
The comment drew immediate criticism, including from Human Rights Watch director Andrew Stroehlein. “Your words are disgusting. I would expect that from anonymous neo-Nazi trolls but you’re an MEP. Act like one,” he posted online, according to the “Independent” newspaper.