25% of Germans want their government to open fire on muslim ‘refugees’ at the borders trying to enter the country
OVER one-in-four Germans say they back a policy to open fire on unwanted illegal refugees at their borders.
The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 percent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan.
This, say observers, is proof of the greatest fear among liberal politicians – citizens pushed into the embrace of the far-right and its intolerant attitudes which brought Hitler to power in the 1930’s.
Every fourth German considers it justified to “prevent unarmed refugees at gunpoint to cross the border” according to the survey by the Research Institute YouGov on Saturday.
The poll was triggered by Petry’s comments of a week ago when she incensed the ruling political elite by declaring: “We need efficient controls to prevent so many unregistered asylum-seekers keeping on entering via Austria.
“Border police should be able if need be to have recourse to their firearms — as laid down by law.No policeman wants to fire on a refugee and I don’t want that either. But as a last resort there should be recourse to firearms.”
But while a considerable number of voters agreed with her gunfire policy, only 13 percent of those quizzed believed that her party should not be spied on by intelligence spooks – something called for by SPD party chief and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. Thirty two percent of respondents considered this a good idea.
The poll came ahead of vital regional elections in Germany on March 13 in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saxony-Anhalt. The AFD – enjoying record highs of 12 percent support among voters – are expected to gain big and Angela Merkel’s CDU conservatives are awaiting a drubbing over her open-door policies which have seen over a million refugees pour into the country in the past year.
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