German nationalists pull anti-Islam pig poster
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German nationalists pull anti-Islam pig poster

AfD party, polling at 8%, says ostensibly negative campaign image inspires sympathy for piglet; party still running 'bikini not burka' advert

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland (front R) celebrate their nomination as campaign leaders of Germany's right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for the next German general election, during the party congress at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, western Germany, on April 23, 2017. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland (front R) celebrate their nomination as campaign leaders of Germany's right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for the next German general election, during the party congress at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, western Germany, on April 23, 2017. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

BERLIN — A top leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant AfD party says it won’t distribute campaign posters with the slogan “Islam? Doesn’t fit with our cuisine” written above a piglet in a grass field — because it inspires too much sympathy for the pig.

Alexander Gauland, one of nationalist Alternative for Germany’s main candidates in the September 24 election, says the poster is “unusable.”

He told Sunday’s Bild newspaper: “That’s because of the little piglet; I’m concerned children will say: ‘What? They want to slaughter this pig?'”

“The poster campaigns for the piglet, not against Islam, so away with it.”

AfD is sticking with other anti-Islam posters, including one with two white women in bathing suits and the slogan “Burkas? We like bikinis.”

The party garners 8 percent support in the latest polls.

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