Apparently, Denmark's anti-immigrant Party of the Danes (Danskernes Parti) has been spotted handing out cans of “asylum spray” on the streets.
The “legal and effective” way of opposing the “problem” of migrants was launched in Haderslev – the location of recent harassment reports.
The party, which was founded by a former Neo-Nazi Daniel Carlsen in 2011, wants to see all non-Western immigrants kicked out of Denmark.
The party’s chairman believes the spray is a necessary legal alternative to pepper spray, which is illegal in the country.
Extreme RW 'Danes' Party' hands out 'Asylum Spray' to "women who want to avoid being raped by asylum seekers" https://t.co/2zfvA1wztg— Dr Alan Firth (@diponte) September 25, 2016
"Asylum-spray". Unethical and unacceptable propaganda.— Malene Trock Hempler (@TrockHempler) September 25, 2016
We have to make an act of will and trust towards each other.https://t.co/K8U2wVrOTt…
@TrockHempler Ethics are foreign to the distributors of asylum spray, the rest of us will have to stand up against it.— anders krag (@AndersEKrag) September 25, 2016
The party sees nothing wrong with it though.
“I don’t think it is provocative. We are tackling an actual problem in our society, where many Danes feel unsafe,” says Daniel Carlsen, the founder of the Danish nationalist political party. “Partially because there are so many migrants in the country and partly because one isn’t allowed to defend one’s self.”
Located in Southern Denmark, Haderslev is one of the towns with a large number of migrants as well as reports of sexual harassment against women.
Unlike Norway, which addressed the issue by giving lessons in “Western sexual norms,” many European countries, including Denmark have avoided addressing the cultural shock which migrants from conservative countries experience when they come to liberal European countries.
However, with more than a million refugees seeking asylum this year in the European Union, an increasing number of politicians and activists are in favor of counseling migrants about the social codes of Western societies.
Denmark, like many other European countries accepted refugees coming in from warn torn countries but it hasn't been a good run so far.
There has been news of discriminatory attitudes and tough laws against the refugees.
Langkær Gymnasium & HF, a high school in Aarhus, Denmark, received a lot of backlash for separating ethnic Danish students from immigrants and their descendants.
Amazingly, 80 percent of the school's students are children of migrant parents.
“I know that it may sound racist, but you have to create an environment where Danish children are not the minority,” justified Niels Egelund, a professor at the Aarhus University.
Then, there's the recently approved law allowing Danish authorities to seize cash and valuables from refugees.
Asylum seekers will be allowed to keep 10,000 kroner, but anything else will be confiscated. The number follows Danish welfare rules in which citizens must sell assets worth more than 10,000 kroner before receiving state benefits.
Despite fierce criticism, Danish politicians asserted that the measure is "about creating equality between migrants and Danes."
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