Frauke Petry, head of far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has suggested that German police should “use firearms if necessary” on immigrants who try to enter Germany illegally, in an interview that has been widely condemned. “Armed force is there as a last resort,” she told local newspaper Mannheimer Morgen according to a translation by Reuters. “No policeman wants to fire on a refugee and I don’t want that either,” she said, but added that “police must stop refugees entering German soil.”
To curb the influx of refugees into the country, she suggested more border checks, agreements with neighbouring Austria and introducing “border security systems.” Her right-wing, populist party is currently polling strong, at 11 percent, which would make it the third most popular party in Germany. Her remarks did not go over well with other politicians, however, nor with the head of the police union, Joerg Radek. “No policeman would be ready to fire” at refugees, he said. “We have already seen that over the course of German history and we don’t ever want to go down that road again.” The interview comes at a time when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy has come under increasing public pressure. At a CDU party meeting this weekend, Merkel said that she expects refugees to return back home once the war in their region is over.
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