A veteran Danish politician has been censured for tweeting about the Europe migrant crisis, receiving a fine from the high court for pointing out Muslim anti-Semitism.
Veteran Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkpartei, DF) politician and retired parliamentarian Mogens Camre made the tweets in 2014 following the comments of the Israeli ambassador to Berlin that year, who compared the persecution of Jews by Muslims in Europe to the situation in 1938.
The offending tweets read: “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”.
The case was initially heard at the lower court but after it found against him, Mr. Camre took it to the high court, which on Monday ruled his remarks were against Danish racism laws and enforced the £800 fine. Mr. Camre gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart London immediately after receiving a statement of the judgement of the case by the Danish high court, saying the 1939 law he was convicted under had been twisted by political correctness and should be abolished.
Remarking he had expressed the same sentiment in a number of academic books, he felt the areas in which the “man on the street” would turn to express themselves were being deliberately targeted.
Explaining how the case came to be heard in court at all, Mr. Camre said:
“After this tweet a few days later a Palestinian fellow was released from jail. He had got a jail sentence of six years – and six years in Denmark really means it was a serious crime. He had committed narcotic and violent offences, and the verdict was after his release he should be extradited from Denmark.
“But then the wonderful declaration on human rights came in. And so because of his human rights he could not be sent home.
“This man wrote a letter to the police saying he felt threatened by me. I have no army, and no soldiers but he felt threatened! That caused the prosecutor to file a complaint against me”.
But this case was about a lot more than just the hurt feelings of one Palestinian political activist, remarked Mr. Camre. He said: “The purpose of this verdict is to shut the mouth of everyone who would offend our new wonderful imported culture from the Middle East.
“If you express yourself in academic language, and you report the facts of the situation in Europe nobody can do anything against it. But if you speak in a common language that any man in the street can understand, then there is a feeling there should be a reaction, that it would cause hatred between ordinary people and the muslim immigrants.
The law Mr. Camre has been persecuted under dates back to the Second World War, as does his family fight against “oppression, wherever it comes from”. With some pride Mr. Camre remarks his father fought against the Nazis in the Danish resistance, and it is clear he feels he is doing the same good work by opposing Muslims oppressing Jews:
“This article in the penal code came into being in 1939. It was thought of as a means to protect Jewish people in Denmark from being attacked by pro-Nazi forces. It was originally protection for Jews, and now its being used to limit free speech.
“It has been broadened out now to be used against people who speak about homosexuals, or handicapped people. But it is never actually used against people who say negative things about homosexuals. If you say something negative about another religion that isn’t Muslim, it isn’t used. It’s only used to prevent people from making negative expressions about Muslims do in Denmark”.
Mr. Camre didn’t hold out any hope that after the ruling had “expressed the limitation of the free speech of the Danes”, the mainstream media would report his case in a balanced fashion. Referring to Britain’s own problems with a left-wing establishment, he said: “The mainstream media here has the same line as the Guardian or the BBC!
“They will say we’re now finished with this kind of talk from Mr. Camre and his punishment is well deserved because he’s a Nazi and a racist. Perhaps they won’t use exactly those words, but the left-wing will be delighted to say this is how things should be, and I should keep my mouth shut! They will say I’m negative towards these wonderful new people who rape women in the streets and kill people with knives”.
In his pursuance of the case and the possible escalation to the supreme court Mr. Camre has been supported by the Discourse Institute, a free speech advocacy group on which Breitbart London reported on in March 2015 as they warned of the “dark future” facing Europe. Mr. Camre said that while he hadn’t been able to avoid his fine for the time being, the Institute had helped him to prove the truth of what he had said.
In a separate public statement Mr. Camre concluded his remarks, saying: “If we as politicians are to be denied the right – through pithy, clear language accessible to ordinary people – to reject articles of faith and behaviour that in our culture are considered irrational, immoral and frankly inhumane, without incurring the risk of persecution through the courts, then clearly free speech has already been limited only to what Islam will allow. And with this, our democracy dies, which is precisely what this alien culture desires”.
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