Politician in hot water over 'Neanderthal' jibe
The Local · 17 Mar 2016, 18:38
Published: 17 Mar 2016 18:38 GMT+01:00
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He said: "The refugees which are coming to Austria have a worldview like Neanderthals, which thank God in most places is now extinct."
But the statement instantly attracted an aggressive reaction from members of the country's Green party and the NEOS (The New Austria and Liberal Forum), a liberal opposition party. The Green party said that statement was not only unacceptable, but it was also racist and inhumane.
The Team Stronach political party in Austria was founded and funded by the Austrian-Canadian businessman Frank Stronach, who also gave the parrty its name.
The statement by the party’s parliamentary leader, Robert Lugar, meant that the house speaker Norbert Hofer was forced to intervene in order to stop the angry reaction.
Robert Lugar, in trouble over his comparison. Photo: Central European News
The statement follows a demand by Lugar that all male asylum seekers over the age of 14 be forced to give a DNA test in case they later turned out to be sex attackers.
He said that he did not regard the issue as discriminatory as they were supposed to be giving fingerprints as well, and added that if they realised that their DNA had been taken, it might deter some of them from later becoming sex attackers.
He is a vocal critic of the influx of asylum seekers saying that the work of the government has been simply embarrassing on the subject causing: "permanent chaos at the expense of every Austrian".
Story courtesy of Central European News