Green Party MP Charged in Fight over Sausage

09.08.2011

 

The Turkish-German Green Party politician, Özcan Mutlu, has been charged with assault after he allegedly started a fight over the price for a “currywurst”, a typical German pork sausage dish, at a snack stall in Berlin. According to the snack stall’s salesperson, Mutlu, the Green Party’s Spokesman for education policy, first complained about the price for the food he ordered, before assaulting and hitting the seller. Mutlu, however, contends this version. He acknowledges complaining about the price, but negates to have initiated a fight with the seller. Instead, he describes that the seller insulted Mutlu for ordering a sausage during Ramadan, which then escalated into a fight. For Mutlu, the whole issue centred around discrimination against him for eating during Ramadan.