A Hungarian member of the European Parliament is coming under fire for comments he made suggesting pigs’ heads should be put on border fences to keep refugees out.
As reported by the BBC, Gyorgy Schopflin, a member of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, made the remark after images emerged of vegetables carved into heads and placed along the country’s southern frontier. He posted on Twitter: “Might do so. Human images are haram. But agree, pig’s head would deter more effectively @otmarianna”
Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director for the charity Human Rights Watch, criticised Schopflin, accusing him of “xenophobic filth” and calling him an “embarrassment to Hungary, to Europe and to humanity”.
Despite criticism from others on Twitter, the MEP has refused to apologise. Instead he told the Reuters news agency that his suggestion was just “a thought experiment”.
In separate reports, the Guardian noted how Hungary’s conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has taken one of the harshest stances over the recent mass influx of migrants and refugees to the EU, a crisis that has divided the member states.
Last year, Hungary erected a fence topped with razor wire along its southern border to stop migrants and refugees, which is patrolled by thousands of extra troops. In October, the country will hold a referendum on whether Hungarians agree with the EU’s policy of mandatory settlement of migrants and refugees without the consent of parliament.