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Berlin MP charged in fight over currywurst
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Berlin MP charged in fight over currywurst

Published: 09 Aug 2011 15:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Aug 2011 15:02 GMT+02:00

A Berlin Green Party parliamentarian has been charged with assault after he allegedly started a fight over the price of currywurst at a city snack stand last Friday.

Sausage seller, Oguzhan K., told the BZ newspaper that Berlin House of Representatives member Özcan Mutlu first complained about the €11 price of sausages, Fanta and fries before hitting him in the chest.

“He insulted my lunch as a ‘load of shit',” complained Oguzhan K., who sells the currywurst near the famed Brandenburg Gate. “Then he took off his glasses and hit me twice in the chest.”

Mutlu, who is an education expert for his party, describes the incident somewhat differently.

He acknowledges complaining about the price, but said the sausage seller then insulted him rudely in Turkish, which Mutlu understands.

“He insulted me viciously because I ordered a currywurst as a Muslim during Ramadan,” Mutlu said, explaining that he sent his young daughter to the side and then alerted police.

Then, he told the BZ, several angry sausage salesmen surrounded him in a threatening manner and one of them pushed him. Mutlu admits pushing back, but said it was a matter of self defence.

The whole issue is one of discrimination against him for eating during Ramadan, he said.

“This is precisely the intolerance against which I have been fighting for 20 years as a politician,” Mutlu told the newspaper.

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16:14 August 9, 2011 by buchi1947
is this stupid or what. fighting over the price of a sausage!!!!!
16:27 August 9, 2011 by vossy
€11 - thats a disgrace!
16:30 August 9, 2011 by freechoice
maybe he was discouraging another muslim to eat during Ramadan?
18:15 August 9, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
...Ramadan isn't observed in Western countries...let the Turk and other Muslims return to their superiou 7th century Islamic societies and cultures, where they would be much happier....
18:17 August 9, 2011 by marimay
Why would you want to eat that crap EVER?
19:42 August 9, 2011 by Gretl
"like" Marimay
20:58 August 9, 2011 by romber58
I doubt if we are getting the full story.

If the guy could read the price list why didnt he just walk away?
03:09 August 10, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I will admit that I am not terribly knowledgeable about Islamic law.

Is it really okay for a Muslim to sell pork sausages for a living? And it permissible for a Muslim to sell food during daylight hours during Ramadan?
07:24 August 10, 2011 by lordkorner
These guys could have started a riot:
07:51 August 10, 2011 by Shirazz
And looting.
07:53 August 10, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@vonSchwerin: yes and yes
09:30 August 10, 2011 by moistvelvet
So he is "an education expert", not in the maths department then. Surely he can look at the menu and tot up the prices before he ordered, if he didn't then he shouldn't complain as it is his own stupid fault.
09:57 August 10, 2011 by dcgi
Religion of peace.
18:27 August 10, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
So Muslims can sell sausage on their holidays, but can't eat it? sounds like hypocracy is the order of the day...again!
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