German politician says migrants 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
The leader of a right-wing party in Germany has come under fire for suggesting refugees who try to cross the border illegally should be shot.
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.