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Migrants should be SHOT if necessary, says right-wing German politician

MIGRANTS should be “SHOT” at by German police “if necessary”, a right-wing politician has said tonight.


Frauke Petry, leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) group, made the comments to a German newspaper.

Ms Petry told the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper that Germany needed to reduce the influx through agreements with neighbouring Austria and a reinforcement of the EU’s external borders.

She said it should not be shy about turning people back and creating “border protection installations” – and that border guards should, if necessary, shoot at migrants trying to enter illegally.

The comments come as Angela Merkel insists most refugees from Syria and Iraq will return to their homelands once both conflicts have ended.

No police officer wanted to shoot at a migrant, Ms Petry said, adding: “I don’t want that either but, ultimately, deterrence includes the use of armed force”.

Support for the AfD has grown in the wake of the Cologne sex attacks, which saw 130 women sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve by suspected migrants.

Ms Petry’s comments were quickly criticised.

Thomas Oppermann, the parliamentary leader of the Social Democrats, said: “The last German politician under whom refugees were shot at was Erich Honecker” – the leader of Communist East Germany.


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