Far-right leader describes Ebola as ‘splendid news’

Far-rightist convicted of inciting racial hatred says news of Ebola wiping out African communities is ‘splendid news’

Norman Lowell said news of Ebola in Sierra Leone, which could have claimed over 20,000 lives, was 'splendid'.
Norman Lowell said news of Ebola in Sierra Leone, which could have claimed over 20,000 lives, was 'splendid'.

Far-right leader Norman Lowell has expressed contentment at news that the killer disease Ebola was ‘wiping out whole villages and communities in Africa’.

Lowell, who has previously contested European Parliament elections on the ticket of Imperium Europa, his party, posted his comments on the ‘Viva Malta’ internet forum, and was picked up by anti-racism activists on Facebook.

“Once in a while the papers report some good news, splendid news actually. Spread of Ebola wiping out whole villages and communities in Africa – I mean, what more does one want?” Lowell - convicted of inciting racial hatred in 2008 and sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for four years - said.

He was reacting to a news reports in which Medicins Sans Frontieres coordinator Rony Zachariah was commenting on the ‘under-reporting’ of Ebola’s toll on Sierra Leone.

“If we leave the Black primitive well alone – as We of Imperium Europa intend doing: Nature will wipe out the Black race to its original numbers, at the time of Livingstone: 3 million in the whole of Africa,” read Lowell’s message.

“There is no place, no use, no space for this primitive race on the planet... The Golden Dawn does not include the Black race,” Lowell wrote, signing off his name with ‘The Golden Dawn’, the name of the Greek fascist party ‘Popular Association’.

The latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) put the total number of dead at 4,951 out of 13,567 recorded cases, but Zachariah has stated that up to 20,000 people may have died.

Immigration Canada announced on Friday it would not process applications from individuals who had been in an Ebola affected nation within the previous three months. However, Sierra Leone has since argued that the decision is “discriminatory.”

"The government views the decision as discriminatory, coming at a time when we are trying to ease the isolation, and not re enforce it," said Theo Nicol, Sierra Leone's deputy information minister on Saturday.

Canada's immigration minister Chris Alexander had described the move as a precautionary measure building on actions "taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at home".

"Canada's action is not taken with the interests of west African states in mind. As a member of the Commonwealth of nations, Sierra Leone particularly feels we should share common understanding and goodwill," Nicol told AFP news agency.