The holocaust was 'an almost normal event' - Extinction Rebellion founder Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam.
Roger Hallam. Photo credit: Getty

A prominent climate change activist has caused outrage for controversial comments he made about the holocaust.

German newspaper Zeit has quoted Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam as saying genocide is "an almost normal event".

The holocaust, where about six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis, was "just another f**kery in human history," Hallam is quoted as saying.

"The fact is that in our history, millions of people have died under dire circumstances," the 52-year-old said.

Hallam's comments have caused outrage online and people have taken to Twitter to express their disgust.

"The only f**kery I see here is from Roger Hallam. Almost a normal event? What an absolute arsehole," one user said.

"He's [Hallam] clearly a dangerous liability for the climate movement and an obvious crank," another wrote.

A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion Germany told The Telegraph Hallam had violated the Extinction Rebellion's principles.

"We explicitly distance ourselves from Roger Hallam's remarks which belittle and relativise the Holocaust."