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Romanian Politician Apologizes After Comparing Dead Pigs To Auschwitz

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The Romanian agriculture minister apologized Thursday for comparing the killing of diseased pigs to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

Petre Daea, a Social Democrat, offered an apology following his controversial comparison of dead pigs to Nazi death camp Auschwitz. The politician said Tuesday that “it’s like Auschwitz in there” in reference to pig breeders killing over 44,500 pigs who had swine fever, the New York Post reported.

“There is no antidote, there is no vaccine, no medicine, the only way is to sacrifice them. The pigs are incinerated, it’s a terrible job. It’s like Auschwitz in there,” Daea said during the interview Tuesday, the Balkan Insight reported.

Daea apologized for his controversial remarks in a Facebook post Thursday.

“I respect all the members of the Jewish community and clarify that I only wished to describe the difficult situation facing Romanian breeders due to the African swine fever,” Daea said in the statement, according to the New York Post.

“I’ve never offended anyone in my life, I love my fellow men, I just expressed the pain in my soul and I hope everybody understands that!” he added, the New York Post reported. (RELATED: He Survived Nazi Concentration Camps – He Has A Message For Those Who Think America Runs Its Own)

The Liberal Party and the Save Romania Union called for his resignation Thursday following his Auschwitz comments, Radio Free Europe reported.

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