- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2003

COPENHAGEN (Agence France-Presse) — A Danish pizza vendor who refused to serve French and German customers during the height of the Iraq crisis because of their countries’ antiwar stance has been ordered to pay a fine.

Niels Aage Bjerre, the 44-year-old owner of a pizzeria on the tourist island of Fanoe in western Denmark, was told by a court Tuesday to pay 5,000 kroners ($787) for discriminatory practices.

Mr. Bjerre immediately lodged an appeal, and said he hoped another court would uphold his freedom to refuse service to French and Germans who were “disloyal to the Americans.”

Denmark supported the United States, Britain and Australia in the Iraq war, which was vehemently opposed by Germany and France.

“If I lose the appeal, I would rather go to prison,” Mr. Bjerre told the Ritzau news agency. “I don’t want to sell pizza to people from those two countries.”

Mr. Bjerre, who wears a little American flag on his shirt, said he would rather leave Fanoe than change his mind.

He said he had received many messages of support from the United States, including job offers, and did not rule out the possibility of accepting one of them.

Mr. Bjerre said he would serve Germans only once they were again “loyal” toward Washington.

About 60 percent of the tourists on the island are from Germany.

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