ENAR expresses concern over growing racism in Denmark
June 20, Brussels: The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) has expressed concerns over the the results of the parliamentary election in Denmark on 18 June, which has made the far-right Danish People’s Party the second largest party.
According to ENAR,the debates that preceded the election, rather than proposing concrete solutions on how to improve the dire situation faced by an increasing number of Danes, some parties from both the right and left-wing blocks preferred to focus on the tightening of asylum laws, Islamic extremism, parallel societies, criminality among minorities, and how much minorities from non-European countries cost society. While many candidates saw these debates as a way to draw voters, in fact these discourses played a role in shaping public opinion’s hostility towards diversity.
Issuing a statement on Saturday ENAR stated that the Danish People’s Party – which has publicly confessed being anti-Islam, has been the architect of anti-minority policies from 2001 to 2011 and some of whose prominent leaders have been sentenced for racist statements – led an anti-minority campaign and as a result became the second largest party in Denmark.
“ENAR, being the largest anti-racist network in the EU, is worried about this development and how it will affect ethnic and religious minorities living in Denmark. We hope that Danish political parties will nevertheless work towards an inclusive society and refrain from implementing nationalist and xenophobic policies,”ENAR National Coordinator in Denmark, Bashy Quraishy, said:
The Oslo Times