Friday, July 22, 2005

Danish Premier urged to extend olive branch to Muslims

Premier urged to extend olive branch to Muslims

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is being urged from both sides of the political aisle to reach out in support of Muslims, who are coming under blanket suspicion after the terror attacks in London. The call comes after several prominent members of the PM’s Liberal Party suggested the government end its dialogue with imams. Government support party Danish People’s Party (DF) has also weighed in with their demand that what they call Muslims’ fifth column activity be stopped. Outside the house of parliament, others are also beginning to look suspiciously after their Muslim neighbours and colleagues, such as in the case where the editor of an informational website for taxi drivers said cabbies ought to hold an eye on their Arabic colleagues. The youth organisation for the Liberal Party said it has had enough of such talk, and feels Rasmussen ought to follow Tony Blair’s lead and begin a dialogue with moderate Muslims. ‘If we don’t watch out, then we can easily create an atmosphere of xenophobia, where people make a connection between being Muslim and being a potential terrorist, said Liberal Youth chairman Karsten Lauritzen. ‘If a terror attack strikes Denmark, we could easily end with some deep divides.’ Terror issues spokesman from the leftist Red-Green Alliance suggested that the PM distance himself from government ally DF’s depiction of the Muslims. ‘Attacks and websites that disparage Muslims together with the People’s Party’s description create a situation where a further separation of ‘them’ and ‘us’ looms,’ said Red-Green MP Per Clausen. ‘In this situation, we have a need for a clear statement from the government reinforcing that Muslims are as innocent of terror as everyone else, and that Muslims have the same freedom of speech that we do.’

Dane detained for bomb threat against mosques


A 35-year-old Dane was ordered detained for four weeks on Thursday for allegedly threatening to blow up mosques in Denmark and Sweden. Police say the man made the threats in an e-mail sent to a local newspaper. They say they traced the e-mail to a computer at the man's home in the city of Aarhus. "The threats in the e-mail were fierce and were made shortly after the July 7 terror bombs in London. So, there was no doubt that it was a case for the police," said the editor-in-chief of the Jyllands-Posten daily, which received the e-mail on Monday. The man has denied the allegations, but could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.

4 Comments:

At July 22, 2005 2:36 PM, Blogger Rune said...

OT - and in Danish:

PRESSEMEDDELELSE



DF: Danmark bør hjælpe Norge med indvandring

Dansk Folkepartis medlem af Nordisk Råd, Søren Espersen, vil i Folketinget
opfordre beskæftigelsesminister Claus Hjort Frederiksen til at rette
henvendelse til sin norske kollega og tilbyde dansk assistance til det
norske erhvervsliv.

Det sker, efter at chefen for den norske udlændingestyrelse, Trygve G.
Nordby, i en kronik i den norske avis Aftenposten lægger op til annoncering
og green card lotteri for at tiltrække flere indvandrere til Norge. I den
forbindelse udtaler Søren Espersen:

- Jeg har noteret, at den norske udlændingestyrelse ikke kun ønsker
højtkvalificeret arbejdskraft, men også ufaglærte indvandrere, og her
begynder det at blive rigtig interessant: I Danmark er de ufaglærte
indvandreres erhvervsfrekvens omvendt proportional med deres antal, og
gruppen udgør en meget stor byrde for det danske samfund, da vores
arbejdsmarked ikke har brug for dem.

Men hvis erhvervslivet i Norge er skruet sådan sammen, at behovet for
ufaglært arbejdskraft er større end i Danmark, ville det da være spildte
kræfter, at nordmændene begynder at annoncere efter indvandrere i den tredje
verden. Syd for Skagerrak findes nemlig i rigelige mængder den arbejdskraft,
nordmændene efterspørger.

Jeg er overbevist om, at Danmark og de øvrige nordiske lande er i stand til
at forsyne Norge med den fornødne arbejdskraft, og vi bør her i landet gå
foran med at hjælpe et broderland i nød, siger Søren Espersen.

 
At July 22, 2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Rune, have pity on those of us who don't speak your native tongue!

 
At July 22, 2005 6:41 PM, Blogger Rune said...

Just a bit of inter-Scandinavian riff raff.

Norway says she want to make a green card arrangement to attract more immigrants, and in particular that they also want unskilled immigrants.

Denmarks says: Great! But no need to look further south than Denmark. We've gots loads of unintegrated, unskilled and unemployed immigrants you can have. And of course Denmark would be willing to help a distressed brother nation by shipping some north.

 
At July 22, 2005 8:21 PM, Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Rune, thank you.

 

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