Dutch MP apologises for calling Chinese slit-eyes

18th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Conservative MP Arend-Jan Boekestijn referred to Chinese as “slit-eyes” while participating in a twitter discussion about dictators.

THE NETHERLANDS – Conservative MP Arend-Jan Boekestijn has apologised for referring to Chinese as "slit-eyes".

In the course of an online discussion about dictators, Boekestijn said that he might have underestimated the number of Chinese victims during Mao Zedong's rule.

When challenged in a twitter conversation started by author Ronald Giphart, the MP wrote: "Yes, I may have missed a slit-eye or two, there are so many of them!"

The MP went on to delete his remark from his twitter page, but his comment was already picked up by other sites and republished.

He later published an apology: "I regret my remark about Chinese. I had no intention of offending anyone."

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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