Danish MP suggests shooting at boats carrying migrants


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Security forces should shoot at the boats of migrants trying to reach the European Union illegally, a member of parliament for the Danish government’s main political ally, the Danish People’s Party, suggested on national television.

“The only efficient way is to turn the boats and say: ‘You cannot sail within this national border and if you do, you will either be shot at or be turned around and sailed back,” Kenneth Berth, the EU spokesman for anti-immigrant party, said on broadcaster DK4 on Tuesday.

Berth later softened his statement on Facebook, saying he did not mean that people should be shot at, but that NATO-ships could shoot in the air as a warning.

Party spokesman Soren Sondergaard told Reuters that shooting at refugees is not the official party line.

The Danish People’s Party got 21 percent of the popular vote in last year’s general election, making it the second-largest party in parliament.

Denmark has implemented tough immigration policies since a heavy influx of refugees last year, including border control and a controversial “jewelry bill”.

In August, the government proposed an emergency law, allowing it to reject asylum seekers at its borders.

6 thoughts on “Danish MP suggests shooting at boats carrying migrants

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  2. “a controversial “jewelry bill”.
    Is it anti semitic to refer to shiny things as Jew-elry? Most Jews work hard as tradespeople, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, and they especially love the hard labour of agriculture, mining and laboring. They really work up a sweat and avoid all shiny bum jobs like cutting diamonds and forging banknotes. Above all, they hate being middle men, brokers and bankers who steal money from others via sharp dealing practices.

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