should be shot at border if they’re
trying to enter country illegally
- Frauke Petry, 40, said German border police should shoot illegal migrants
- Leader of right-wing party added that use of armed force was 'last resort'
- Alternative for Germany (AfD) party now has 11 per cent support in polls
Frauke Petry, 40, principal speaker for Alternative für Deutschland - Alternative for Germany - said in an interview that a police officer must 'make use of his firearm' to stop illegal border crossings.
Ms Petry has seen the support for her party increase in recent months as public opinion has changed on Germany's migration policy.
Anti-immigrant: Frauke Petry, Chairwoman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, said police must 'make use of firearm' to stop refugees and migrants who try to cross the German border illegally
AfD was formed in 2013 and was initially profiling itself as a party for Eurosceptics, but the party has since split into two factions, with one more vocal on right-wing politics.
Ms Petry, a mother-of-four, has been a Speaker for the party since its birth, but was elected 'principal Speaker' - de facto party leader - in June last year.
A member of AfD's right-wing faction, Ms Petry has pushed an anti-immigrant agenda, and has been vocal in her critique of Merkel's migration policies.
On Saturday, Ms Petry told the Mannheimer Morgen daily that a border police officer 'must stop illegal border crossings, and also make use of his firearm if necessary.'
She added that: 'no policeman wants to fire on a refugee and I don't want that either. But the last resort includes the use of armed force.'
Germany saw nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers enter the country last year and the AfD has been gaining in support as more people question whether the government will be able to deal with the influx.
As Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticised for her refusal to reverse her 'open doors' migration policy, Ms Petry's AfD has grown.
A poll last week found that more than 11 per cent of the German population would vote AfD, as support for Merkel's coalition government dropped down to 37 per cent.
Her interview was widely condemned both by politicians and the force itself, with the national police union slamming her suggestion, saying no German police officer would shoot at a refugee.
'Whoever proposes such a radical approach apparently wants to overturn the rule of law and exploit the police,' Joerg Radek, vice-chairman of the GdP police union, said in a statement.
Vice Chancellor Gabriel told Bild newspaper that 'there is massive doubt that (the Alternative for Germany party) stand by the free democratic order of the republic.'
Under fire: German chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticised for refusing to back down on her 'open borders' migration policies which has seen Germany take in 1.1million refugees and migrants
Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, received support from an unlikely source for her handling of Germany's refugee crisis.
'Which of her counterparts in the EU will hold Europe together if she fails?' he asked. 'Far and wide there's nobody in sight. Therefore I pray every day that the chancellor remains healthy.'
Meanwhile, neighbouring Austria has announced that it will step up deportations of migrants and is adding Morocco, Algeria and other states to a list of countries it deems safe, enabling it to send people back there more quickly/
Despite an initial outpouring of sympathy for the migrants, public concern about the influx have fuelled a rise in support for the far right in Austria, and opposition to the coalition government of Social Democrats and conservatives has grown.
In an apparent move to address those concerns, the government announced this month that it would cap the number of asylum claims at 127,500, or 1.5 percent of the country's population, over the next four years.
Now the government has decided to carry out at least 50,000 deportations in the same period, according to a summary of an agreement between the interior, defence and integration ministries published on Sunday.
Europe has endured a huge influx of migrants, most of whom undertake a dangerous journey in search of a better life. On Saturday, at least 37 people drowned, including children and babies, when their boat capsized during the short trip from Turkey to Greece.
problems It works well on this Island
Why It Can’t Take in Migrants:
We Have ‘A Lot of Islamophobia’
The BBC on Saturday quoted Guernsey Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq saying, “There’s certainly a lot of Islamophobia and negativity that’s been around and that would entail that it would be difficult for us to ensure that [the refugees] would find the sorts of security and stability here in Guernsey, were they to be resettled here, in the same way as they are, say, in other parts of the U.K.”
In addition to being unable to ensure their security, Le Tocq expressed concerns about insufficient infrastructure for an influx of refugees.
Guernsey’s chief minister used a novel argument to defend his island’s rejection of Syrian migrants’, suggesting residents hold attitudes of “Islamophobia” and “negativity,” which could threaten the migrants sense of security.
Le Tocq made his remarks following the announcement Thursday that Guernsey would not accept Syrian refugees, the BBC reported.
Jersey, another British dependency in the Channel Islands, has already announced it would not accept Syrian asylum-seekers.
Guernsey sits in the English Channel about 30 miles off the coast of France. AFP noted that its population is 65,000.
"Negativity" would make it difficult to provide them with security, Jonathan Le Tocq said, according to the BBC.
"There's certainly a lot of Islamophobia and negativity that's been around and that would entail that it would be difficult for us to ensure that [the refugees] would find the sorts of security and stability here in Guernsey, were they to be resettled here, in the same way as they are, say, in other parts of the UK."
Guernsey's policy council -- part of its executive -- announced Thursday that following a review of the island's infrastructure, it could not take part in Britain's relocation scheme for Syrians fleeing the five-year war in their homeland.
Guernsey, which lies in the English Channel around 50 kilometres (30 miles) off the north coast of France, has a population of around 65,000.
"There are a number of legal and practical issues which have been identified recently relating to general refugee rights which must be fully understood and resolved, and certainly before Guernsey could participate in any UK driven refugee resettlement scheme," the policy council said.
Guernsey's larger island neighbour Jersey, a fellow crown dependency, said in December it would not take in any Syrian refugees, citing legal issues that could threaten its ability to cope in future if it joined the UK scheme.
The Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission has provided £230,000 ($335,000, 300,000 euros) to agencies delivering aid in and around Syria since 2012, the policy council said.
That is more than five dollar per person on this little Island
(for every man, woman and child)