Saturday 17 March 2018

Ukip candidate sparks outrage by blaming Aylan Kurdi's 'greedy' parents for his death

A tweet by former Ukip candidate Peter Bucklitsch Credit: Twitter
A tweet by former Ukip candidate Peter Bucklitsch Credit: Twitter

David Kearns

A former Ukip candidate has sparked outrage after he blamed the parents of dead Syrian tot Aylan Al-Kurdi for being "greedy for the good life in Europe".

Photos of three-year-old washed up on a Turkish beach has stunned the world and have led many to question Europe’s response to the refugee crisis. 

Peter Bucklitsch, who finished fourth in the Wimbledon constituency at in the UK’s general election in May, shocked Twitter users by claiming that the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was "well clothed & well fed".

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He suggested the boy's parents should not have risked his life by trying to make the 13-mile journey across the Mediterranean from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos.

Peter Bucklitsch
Peter Bucklitsch

He also made the claim that Turkey "is not a place where the family was in danger" and said: "Leaving that safe place put the family in peril".

Responding to criticism, he added the child’s death was the “cost” for trying to jump the immigration queue.

His posts, since deleted, triggered a furious backlash on Twitter, with many users describing him as "evil," "heartless" and "unbelievably cruel".

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