PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, has reacted on Facebook on Thursday to the statements made by Agriculture Minister, Petre Daea, who associated the incineration of Tulcea pigs affected by African swine fever with the Holocaust. Subsequently, Daea apologized for the statements.
“The statement made by Minister Daea is a blunder! I regret that a PSD-ALDE cabinet minister made such a statement, although I am convinced that there was not the slightest intention to offend the Jewish people. However, I publicly draw the Agriculture Minister’s attention to be more careful about his statements and not to use associations that can seriously offend.
PSD believes that the Holocaust against the Jews was a tragedy that should never be repeated. I have always condemned anti-Semitic statements or slippages. We will further support the progress in studying, education and commemoration of the Holocaust.
In my name, on behalf of PSD and the ruling coalition, I apologize to the Jewish community for the statements made by Minister Daea,” Liviu Dragnea wrote on the social network.
Agriculture Minister Petre Daea, made a controversial statement on Wednesday, by comparing the slaughter of pigs due to African swine fever with what happened in Auschwitz.
“We need to slaughter, unfortunately, some 45,000 pigs from Carniprod and if the virus hits another complex, this means 17,000-18,000 more pigs to be slaughtered. There is no antidote, no vaccine, no medicine, the only way is to slaughter the pigs. The pigs are incinerated, it’s terrible work. It’s like in Auschwitz. The pigs are put down, the on the other side are incinerated, veterinarians are at the limit of resistance, to have 2,000-3,000 pigs to be slaughtered every day,” the minister said.
Minister Daea apologized on Thursday for the comparison of the Holocaust and the consequences of African swine fever, stressing he had no intention to offend anyone, but to express the farmers’ grief.
“I state all my respect for all the members of the Jewish community and I stress I’ve only wanted to show the terrible situation pig breeders are facing now due to the African swine fever. My soul is burdened, I only wanted to express the terrifying moment our farmers have to cope with as well as those who manage the crisis. God forbid, I’ve never offended anyone in my life, I love my fellowmen, I’ve only expressed my grief and I hope I will be understood,” Minister Petre Daea said.
The National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) has notified ex-officio regarding the statements made by Minister Petre Daea. CNCD President, Asztalos Csaba, said on Thursday the minister will be invited for hearings next week.