Proceedings in the Greek parliament were disrupted Thursday after a far-right deputy and member of a Council of Europe anti-discrimination committee described immigrants as subhumans.
The incident was reported by the Greek news agency Ana , which was quoted by AFP.
When Eleni Zaroulia of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party refused to withdraw the remark the speaker called a meeting of senior parliamentarians, who formally condemned the statement.
Zaroulia is one of 18 Golden Dawn deputies elected in elections last June which saw the party receive seven percent of the vote. She attacked immigrants' rights and demanded special treatment for people of Greek origin returning from places such as Albania and Russia.
"It is unacceptable that they be assimilated to this kind of subhumans who have invaded our fatherland with the diseases that they lug around," she said, according to Ana, who was loudly supported by members of her party.
Zaroulia was appointed earlier this month to the committee on equality and non-discrimination of the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly, to the dismay of anti-racist activists and Jewish bodies.