Man fined for Hitler-style LGBT extermination callAround the World Monday, February 13th, 2012
VILNIUS, Lithuania – A Lithuanian man, 37, has been fined nearly $600 after commenting on Facebook for “another Hitler” to kill gays. PinkNews.co.uk reported that the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) alerted authorities to his post.
He had commented under an article on Facebook about Lady Gaga’s criticism of the Lithuanian government. He wrote, “What we need is another Hitler to exterminate those fags ‘cause there’s just too many of them multiplying.”
According to PinkNews.co.uk the Lithuanian-language Delfi.lt, reported the First District Court of Vilnius City found he had employed inflammatory rhetoric and encouraged mockery, defiance, discrimination and physical violence against a group of people or its members on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Section 170 (3) of Lithuania’s penal code expressly criminalizes public incitements to violence against gay and transgender minorities.
Vladimir Simonko of the LGL told PinkNews.co.uk “The complaint filed by LGL was a result of its regular monitoring of the media for hate speech. The good expert practices of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman also contributed to this result. We are optimistic that the court decision will serve as an example to reduce such rhetoric in the future.”
The man admitted publishing the comment on Facebook, but argued it was only his own personal view saying, “It was not my intention to call for violence against gays and I feel sorry for what was written – I did not expect that this comment would insult anyone in the public domain.”
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