A far-right Danish politician has been slammed after posting a picture on her Facebook page that compared Muslims with rubbish. Former Dansk Folkeparti (DF) MP Tina Petersen shared a manipulated picture of a burka-clad Muslim woman and child standing in between two black bin bags. “Hehe … Remember to take out the big trash tomorrow ;-))),” Petersen wrote as a caption.
To add insult to injury, one of Petersen’s friends commented below the picture, “Remember: It must be taken to the municipality’s chemical department, as it is hazardous waste;).”
Copenhagen resident Lars Nexø was so outraged when he saw the post that he contacted the police. Speaking to TV2, he said, “I don’t think you can compare people with garbage ? it’s an insult. I am convinced that people who wear the burka do not think it is especially fun ? but this clearly indicates that Tina Petersen and her friends find it funny.”
Although the post has now been removed, Ekstra Bladet newspaper managed to get a screen shot before and has published the offensive picture.
Petersen, who stopped being a DF MP after the September elections last year but remains a counsellor, evoked some mild reactions from her fellow party members.
“There’s no need to insult people,” fellow city council member Jens Munk told TV2.
“We want to have a chat with Tina Petersen, but I am sure she didn’t mean to insult anyone,” DF vice chairman Carl Ebbesen added.