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The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (73): You Can’t Say Asshole in Germany

complete fucking asshole

(source)

Helmut Manz, who serves as deputy spokesman for the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, was attending a demonstration outside a hall where Thilo Sarrazin, former Bundesbank Board member, was scheduled to speak. (Sarrazin is the author of the controversial book “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (“Germany Does Itself In”), in which he disparaged the work ethic and intelligence of Germany’s Muslim immigrants, views German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to criticize as “absurd.” ) Someone in the crowd reportedly heard Manz call Sarrazin an “ass,” prompting Sarrazin to file a complaint against Manz. According to Der Spiegel’s report, German law proscribes cursing at others with expletives. Manz has now been sentenced to pay a fine of 500 Euros or spend 50 days in jail but is appealing. In an interview about his sentence, Manz said that he does not remember making the remark, adding:”All racists, which therefore includes Mr. Sarrazin, are assholes.” (source)

More absurd human rights violations here. Also more about obscenity, fighting words, insults and hate speech. And more about free speech in general.

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