'Fucking Nigger' is no insult, says Austrian court

Paris- France (PANA) -- A court in Linz has dismissed a law suit filed by a Black African refugee against an Austrian policeman who called him "Fucking Nigger" at a road checkpoint, according to the French daily, Libération.
The court argued that the policeman's words were "only hurting to plaintiff's person, and that the expression "fucking nigger" does not undermine his existence and dignity as a human being.
It further contended that the word "fucking" was but one man's expression of anger towards another.
Anti-racism associations regularly accuse Austrian policemen of xenophobic attitudes, but plaintiffs are always non-suited by courts.
About 10,000 Africans live in Austria, where they are regularly subjected to acts of racism by local police.
In May 1999, a young Nigerian illegal immigrant suffocated to death while being deported from Austria.

12 august 2003 09:14:00




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