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MR party deletes 'exterminate the homeless' proposal

20:30 05/03/2018

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel's centre-right MR party has apologised for accidentally publishing an article on its website in support of "the extermination of the homeless and refugees".

The party had invited members of the public to suggest new policies via the site - but a "technical problem" caused all of the suggestions to be published online without moderation.

"I propose the extermination of two pests," one contributor wrote about homeless people and refugees, "because they create an unsafe environment in our city."

An MR spokesperson told Brussels news channel BX1: "All of the projects proposed by citizens were published before validation.

"We obviously do not endorse this type of policy. These values are obviously contrary to those defended by the part. This proposal has been deleted."