German politician says border guards should shoot refugees trying to enter country illegally
A top German politican says police should gun down migrants who try to enter the country illegally.
Frauke Petry, the leader of the right wing Alternative for Germany said Germany 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.
No police officer wanted to shoot at a migrant, Petry said, adding “I don’t want that either but, ultimately, deterrence includes the use of armed force”.
Such comments evoke memories of Germany’s Cold War division, when guards in the communist East, led by Erich Honecker, were under orders to shoot people attempting to cross the heavily fortified border into the West.
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