Duterte ‘happy to slaugh­ter’ drug sus­pects; men­tions Hitler

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Fri­day, com­par­ing it to Hitler and the Holo­caust and say­ing he would be “happy to slaugh­ter” 3 mil­lion ad­dicts.

Duterte is­sued his lat­est threat against drug deal­ers and users early Fri­day on re­turn­ing to his home­town in south­ern Davao city af­ter vis­it­ing Viet­nam, where he dis­cussed his anti-drug cam­paign with Viet­namese lead­ers and ways for their govern­ments to fight transna­tional crimes. Duterte has said his pub­lic death threats against drug sus­pects are de­signed to scare them to stop sell­ing drugs and to dis­cour­age would-be users. But his lat­est re­marks took that crime-busting ap­proach to a dif­fer­ent level. He said he had been “por­trayed or pic­tured to be a cousin of Hitler,” with­out elab­o­rat­ing. “Hitler mas­sa­cred 3 mil­lion Jews ... there’s 3 mil­lion drug ad­dicts,” he said.

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