AN MEP has been slammed for suggesting placing pigs' heads across Hungary's border to dissuade refugees from entering the country.
Gyorgy Schopflin, who sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, mentioned the idea on Twitter.
Hungarian officials have placed the masks across the nation's vast border fence in an attempt to impede the movement of refugees seeking passage to countries in Western Europe.
Schopflin, a member of the Fidesz Party, made the comment on Twitter in response to Andrew Stroehlein, the Human Rights Watch director. Stroehlein criticized Hungary's new method of putting up scarecrows made out of carved-out beets along the fence, arguing they "will not deter them". In response to this criticism, Hungarian MEP for the Christian Democratic European Peoples' Party Gyorgy Schopflin tweeted, "Human images are haram. But agree, pigs' heads would deter more effectively".
Mr Stroehlein then called Mr Schopflin an "embarrassment" to the country, writing: "An MEP spouting such xenophobic filth..."
"Your words are disgusting".
'I would expect that from anonymous neo-Nazi trolls but you're an MEP. "Act like one", according to a report in the Independent.
Iyad el-Baghdadi, an author and activist, sent a tweet to Mr Stroehlein, saying: "What makes these idiots think that pork is some sorta Muslim kryptonite or has some magical anti-Muslim powers?"
An under fire Mr Schopflin later appeared to backtrack, tweeting: "Mine was a hypothetical, a thought experiment. Nothing to apologise for".
In a bid to counter illegal migrant-crossings Hungary erected a fence with barbed wire on a border with Serbia past year.