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.
According to 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 unacceptable.
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. kr.
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 treatment.
- 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 children.
- 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 cropped.)
- 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 Settlement Plan.
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 Danish law.
- 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 law.
- 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 protesters.
- 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 population.
- 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 parties participating.
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.