Tuesday was a bumper day for the enforcers of multiculturalism in Denmark, as a People’s Party politician was handed a hefty fine for being disobliging about Muslim immigration, and another man was arrested for comments made about a mosque fire in Copenhagen.
Veteran politician Mogens Camre, former member of the Danish parliament and European Parliament for the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkpartei, DF) was convicted of racism offences handed a £750 fine on Tuesday. The conviction came after he made a tweet in 2014 lamenting the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe caused by the immigration of religiously intolerant Muslims.
Writing in July of that year, he wrote “Regarding the Jews’ situation in Europe: The Muslims are continuing where Hitler left off. Only the same treatment Hitler received will change the situation… forces in the Islamic world who threaten non-Muslims should be fought like Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden and Gadaffi were”.
Defending himself, Camre claimed he would have made a more nuanced argument had it not been for the restrictive 140-character limit imposed by Twitter, reports TheLocal.dk.
Regardless, this is not the first time Camre has made similar claims – in a 2009 television interview he stated that the Nazi occupation of Denmark was preferable to the Muslim one, as in his opinion German soldiers during the war had at least been disciplined and well behaved.
Elsewhere in Denmark on the same day as Camre’s sentencing, another man was having his collar felt for making politically incorrect social media postings. Reacting to the fire bombing of a Muslim community centre in Copenhagen by a schizophrenic who has since been committed until he is fit to stand trial, the unnamed Dane posted to Facebook comments that “glorified” the attack.
There were a number of comments left on Danish group ‘No To Mosques‘ by users supporting of the failed attack, including one who said “I’m happy to donate a can of gasoline”.
Another wrote “Good. Respect. Burn down that camel shit”. It is reported that the man, who was arrested by police after complaints on Tuesday also went on Danish radio and said he wanted to “go to Poland and pick up my Kalashnikov and shoot all the Muslims”.