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Romania minister apologizes for comparing burning of diseased pigs to Auschwitz

Source: Times of Israel

Bucharest – A Romanian minister apologized Thursday for having compared the incineration of dead pigs infected with African swine fever to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“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,” Agriculture Minister Petre Daea said in a statement.

Daea said in a television interview Tuesday that in breeding grounds affected by the disease, “pigs are incinerated, it’s extraordinary work, it’s like Auschwitz.”

“I have never offended anyone. I just expressed my pain,” said the minister, whose statements often cause confusion.