AN MEP has been slammed for suggesting placing pigs’ heads across Hungary’s border to dissuade refugees from entering the country.Hungarian politician Gyorgy Schopflin, of the nation’s ruling Fidesz party, made the incendiary comments in response to criticism of his country’s attitude towards refugees by a prominent human rights campaigner.
Human Rights Watch director Andrew Stroehlein slammed Hungary’s use of eerie masks fashioned from vegetables to ward off migrants at the border in a tweet on Friday.
Hungarian officials have placed the masks across the nation’s vast border fence in an attempt to impede the movement of refugees seeking passage to countries in Western Europe.
While it appeared to work for a time, many refugees still attempt the dangerous journey.
Mr Stroehlein tweeted: “Refugees are fleeing war & torture, Hungary.
“Your root vegetable heads will not deter them.”
Indignant, Mr Schopflin replied: “Might do so.
“Human images are haram.
“But agree, pig’s head would deter more effectively.”
Mr Schopflin’s words have attracted criticism from Mr Stroehlein among others, who accuse the MEP of “spouting xenophobic filth”.