Denmark. The year began with hardships for Prime Minister
Helle Thorning-Schmidt (S) and her red-green coalition
government. Opinion polls gave the bourgeois opposition
great control, and in the government the Socialist People's
Party fought with internal divisions under a disputed new
party leader. Several prominent young politicians left the
party and joined the Social Democrats (S) coalition partner.
Countryaah, the government worked in political headwinds. A proposal
that would facilitate asylum seekers' opportunities for
residence and work was strongly condemned by the Danish
People's Party, which advanced strongly in public opinion.
In a survey in February, the Danish People's Party for the
first time became as large as the Social Democrats.
The economy also countered with falling housing prices
and increased pressure on the banking sector. The second
quarter looked brighter with some growth in the economy, but
despite record low interest rates, improved housing market
and increased consumption, the year seemed to end at near
zero growth. Unemployment was around 7% during the year.
A trade union conflict over working hours in compulsory
school excluded about 60,000 teachers from their work for
four weeks during the spring. The fight was won by the
employers, who wanted to abolish working time agreements and
increase the principal's influence over the teachers'
working hours. In the background were the government's
proposals for school reform, which meant that teachers had
to hold more lessons than before. When, after the school
conflict, S-ministers were to speak at the first May
meetings, among others Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt was
hacked and evicted by audience members.
During the summer, media reported that many Danish
preschools stopped serving pork, as a large number of
children come from Muslim families and do not eat such meat.
This led to an upset debate, where the Prime Minister
explained that the children who want it must be allowed to
eat both meatballs and pork.
In August Thorning-Schmidt made a government reform, in
which the disputed S-politician Henrik Sass Larsen was
appointed Minister of Industry and Growth. Sass Larsen was
envisaged as Minister of Finance at the formation of the
Government in 2011, but he was then charged with contacts
with a member of the suspected motorcycle club Bandidos.
In September, the Danish People's Party received over 20%
in an opinion poll and was thus larger than the Social
Democrats, which shrank to 17.5%. The bourgeois Venstre
clearly led as the largest party with 28.7%.
However, the figures for the left fell significantly
during the autumn, when it was revealed that opposition
leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented travel bills of
millions with first-class air tickets on average SEK 50,000.
Løkke Rasmussen had traveled as chairman of the
environmental organization Global Green Growth Institute,
which is financially supported from the Danish state budget.
Previously, the bourgeois had hacked Prime Minister Helle
Thorning-Schmidt as "Luxury-Helle" because of her
extravagant clothing habits. Now Løkke Rasmussen got the
name "Lyx-Løkke" and "Rejsekongen", and in November Venstre
ended up for the first time during his 2011 election results
in a Gallup survey. At the same time, the Social Democrats
had risen sharply.
Prior to the November local elections, there was broad
political support in the capital to make hashish sales
legal. Copenhagen's mayor Frank Jensen (S) proposed a trial
operation for three years with the sale of hashish to
persons over the age of 18 who are covered by the Danish
health insurance. Five of the eight parties in the
Copenhagen local government supported the proposal, which
was however rejected by the national government.
In August, when the United States threatened to intervene
militarily in Syria because chemical weapons were used
against civilians, Denmark declared itself ready to take
part in such action, even though the UN Security Council did
not sanction the attack. Thus, Thorning-Schmidt was left
alone to offer support for a military attack against the
Syrian regime when President Barack Obama met with the
Nordic prime ministers in Stockholm in September. At the
same time, she also explained to Obama that the US NSA's
interception of EU citizens and institutions was
In the municipal elections in November, the left-wing
party Enhedslisten progressed strongly and became the second
largest party in Copenhagen. The Social Democrats became the
largest party nationally.
In December, the government was reorganized into several
items. New Foreign Minister became former Socialist People's
Party leader Holger K Nielsen.
Massive redistribution from poor to rich
In the years 2008-10, the government carried out the
largest redistribution of funds from poor to rich in Danish
history. In 2008, it gave banks more than $ 100 billion. In
2010, the rich tax cuts totaled more than DKK 24 billion.
Shortly after the massive allocation of social resources,
the government launched its so-called "recovery plan", the
main content of which was the settlement of welfare. The
welfare settlement plan should take 24 billion. DKK from the
weakest and poorest in society:
- The child is deprived of the subsidy for fertility
- Child families receive reduced child checks. In its
original form, this theft was part of the government's
apartheid policy. It should hit immigrant families.
However, the VKO government fell victim to its own
prejudices, for it believed that Danish families have a
maximum of 2 children, while immigrant families receive
more. This is no longer the case. Fertility among
immigrants and ethnic Danes is about the same today. VKO
therefore changed the theft to hit all families with
- Unemployed get halved the possible unemployment
benefit period from 4 to 2 years. The consequence is
that 8-10,000 Danes will be forced to leave home and
home every year.
- The government steals from the developing countries.
VKO cuts 2.3 billion DKK of the Danish development
assistance. (However, the assistance to arms
manufacturers is unchanged. The "defense" is not
- The government steals $ 3 billion DKK from the
vocational training area.
- Young people in school internships and at production
schools get halved their monthly allowance from DKK 6342
to DKK 3453. This equates to DKK 20 per hour. The theft
hits 8,000 young people annually.
- The government steals from research and higher
education. Until 2013, it steals $ 1 billion DKK from
the research. The globalization pool is closed, which
costs higher education 1 billion. annually, and finally
another 500 million is to be saved. SEK annually. At the
University of Copenhagen alone, the government's thefts
will cost 4-700 positions in 2010-13.
In advance, the VKO government closed a large number of
hospitals around the country, and generally cut back on the
health sector. In 2010 alone, 2,000 health workers were
fired. Likewise, the smaller schools in the outskirts were
closed. The government thus accelerated depopulation in the
outer areas where families with children would not live
without access to schools and hospitals.
80,000 demonstrated on June 8, 2010 against the Welfare
Amnesty criticism of Denmark
Again in 2010, in its annual report, Amnesty
International criticized Denmark for its human rights
violations, and the list of violations is growing year by
year. Amnesty criticizes:
- The VKO government introduces special "security"
cleared defenders, accessing information "that is at
risk to state security". This procedure is fundamentally
contrary to the principles of the rule of law.
- Denmark expels refugees to torture states and
defends it with diplomatic guarantees that they did not
expel them. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has
already pointed out in the past that this is contrary to
the Torture Convention, which Denmark has otherwise
signed and ratified.
- In 2002, Danish soldiers handed over captured Afghan
civilians to US troops in the country, where they were
subjected to torture. It is contrary to the Torture
Convention. One of the victims of torture opened a
lawsuit in Denmark against the Danish military in 2009
for this illegal extradition.
- Despite international pressure, Denmark still
refuses to write the convention ban on torture into
- The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture continues to
criticize the widespread use of elongated isolation
prison. These are torture-like conditions and prison
without punishment that are not practiced in the rule of
- Minors are imprisoned and held in the same prisons
as adult prisoners. It is in violation of the Convention
on the Rights of the Child. The government also wanted
to further reduce the criminal age of 14 to 12 years or
to completely remove it.
- At the same time, Amnesty criticized the
government's so-called "rubbish package", which is an
attack on freedom of demonstration. At the Copenhagen
Climate Summit in December 2009, the police violently
attacked protesters, used pepper spray against
protesters who had already been passivated, and
conducted a single demonstration on a "preventive"
arrest of nearly 1,000 protesters, who were released
after just a few days in prison without to be charged
with any relationship.
- Throughout 2009, 38 Iraqis were forced into central
and southern Iraq, despite strong UNHCR and UN warnings
characterizing these areas as unsafe. Iraqis were
arrested during the police raid of Brorson Church, where
police once again used excessive violence against
- As a result of the VKO government's refugee policy,
refugees are provided with benefits equivalent to only
45-65% of the benefits given to the rest of the
- Amnesty finally notes that the government, with its
assertion of the 7 year rule (for residence in Denmark)
encourages violence against women. Danish men bring
foreign women to Denmark, which they can then calmly
assure that the women will be silent, as otherwise they
risk being thrown out of the country. Amnesty criticizes
that the Danish state's focus is not on protecting women
from violence, but on getting them sent out of the
country as soon as possible.
Amnesty has previously criticized the Danish terrorist
legislation, which has largely jeopardized the legal
security of the population.
The government confined itself to announcing that it
"disagreed with Amnesty".
Danish politicians from the Left, Conservative and Danish
People's Party in August shunned their Swedish sister party,
the Nazi Sweden Democrats. The reason was that the private
Swedish TV station TV4 had refused to bring the Nazi party's
election broadcast, which contravened Swedish legislation,
which bans "hatred against peoples groups". In the view of
the Danish apartheid politicians there was a violation of
freedom of speech. They understood freedom of speech as
private media's compulsion to bring Nazi propaganda. The
same politicians also revealed a lack of knowledge of the
rules regarding electoral broadcasts in Sweden, where only
parties that already have a seat in the Reichstag are
participating - unlike Denmark, where there are eligible
In September, the European Court of Human Rights issued
an order requiring all European countries to suspend the
return of refugees to Greece because the asylum treatment in
that country was completely collapsed and therefore the
security of the refugees could not be guaranteed. The court
order was followed in all European rule of law. However, not
in Denmark, as the only EU country, the return of refugees
to Greece continued. Since 2001, Denmark has ignored and
violated most international conventions in the area of
refugees, children and human rights.
In his opening speech in October, Prime Minister
Rasmussen called for a fight against the "ghettos" in
Denmark, which he wanted to level with the earth due to
their skewed ethnic composition and "crime". It was
immediately unclear whether the prime minister wanted to
level Hørsholm and Gentofte with the land. Both areas are
characterized by an extremely skewed ethnic composition and
extensive economic crime. However, similar political
initiatives by the Social Democracy and SF made it clear
that there was a further escalation of the Danish state's
war on refugees and immigrants - and especially Muslims.
Copenhagen Police Director Johan Reimann warned against
using police as a spearhead in the state's war on refugees
and immigrants: «Police efforts do not solve this. This must
be made perfectly clear. " Reimann determined, that the
police cannot solve social problems and at the same time
stated that the politicians themselves created the problems:
«If, for example, you call the Mjølnerparken a ghetto and a
black spot - and this is by no means in my view - it happens
that the resourceful residents will move. Who wants to live
in a ghetto? This risks creating the problem that you are
trying to combat ». The Chief of Police's warnings against
allowing the corps for a political purpose had a direct
parallel to the then Chief of Police Eefsens's 1982 warning
against the police against BZ, which he primarily considered
a social "problem". Effen's warnings were heeded, and
instead bourgeois and social-democratic politicians started
a 20-year war on Copenhagen youth.
WikiLeaks published at the end of October 2010 another
400,000 documents on US and other rogue states wars in the
Middle East. The military documents revealed that the United
States military and its associates have been involved in far
more murders of prisoners of war and civilians than have
been published so far. The documents also revealed Danish
violations of the Geneva Conventions and the Torture
Convention. The Danish military had so far stated that it
had surrendered 25 prisoners of war to Iraqi security
forces. The documents revealed that there were at least 94.
Danish soldiers sought to legitimize their violations of the
conventions that "Iraqis have a different culture". Denmark,
unlike the United States, has ratified the International
Criminal Court, the ICC's statutes and can be sued for its
war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.