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'Swap Katie Hopkins for 50,000 refugees' petition launched and 50,000 people have signed already

Published 07/09/2015

Tongue-in-cheek petition claims space could be made in the UK by sending Katie Hopkins to Syria
Tongue-in-cheek petition claims space could be made in the UK by sending Katie Hopkins to Syria

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Government to swap Katie Hopkins for 50,000 refugees.

The petition on Change.org – lists reasons why the UK should send Hopkins to Syria.

The UN said Katie Hopkins' comments on migrants resembled pro-genocide propaganda
The UN said Katie Hopkins' comments on migrants resembled pro-genocide propaganda

Ben Fletcher, who started the petition, wrote: "The UK, however, has currently not got the space for refugees.

"This is not because we are full – it is because Kate Hopkins massive head takes it all up.

“So I propose we swap Hopkins and send her to Syria, a country where I am sure she would be welcome, and instead take in 50,000 refugees,” he says – before explaining the reasons behind his idea.

“The facts are, they deserve a lot more than she does, and it would be a win win all round, we help people and save their lives and at the same time get rid of the UK’s contribution to the hall of national embarrassments.”

However the petition also carries a serious message - with a plea for people to donate to the charities helping refugees.

Mr Fletcher added: "I am also glad that it is being used as an outlet to give your true feeling about Hopkins, some of the reasons for signing are truly brilliant. There is however a serious point behind this petition and that is that there are thousands and thousands of people who need our help.

"If you can please donate to the charities that are working hard every day to protect innocent people, save lives and make life better for refugees that are fleeing their home countries because of issues caused through no fault of their own. Human life should always come first."

It also asks that people sign the official petition to get the Government do more for refugees. That petition has so far reached over 420,000 signatures.

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She also described migrants as “cockroaches” and “feral humans”. The UN High Commission for Human Rights said her comments resembled pro-genocide propaganda.

“Under the guise of freedom of expression, [negative coverage is] being allowed to feed a vicious cycle of vilification, intolerance and politicization of migrants,” High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

The former Apprentice contestant has refused to apologise for her offensive statements.

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