The prime minister has condemned the group of 70-odd men who forced their way
into a hospital emergency ward, seemingly wanting to finish the job on a man
who had previously been knifed and shot.
“What we have seen in Odense were very violent, almost grotesque scenes.
Absurd and threatening behaviour towards both staff and patients. In my view
serious criminal behaviour,” Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt tells a
Monday’s night’s attack caused Trine Bramsen, the Social Democratic chairwoman
of the parliamentary Foreigner and Integration Policy Committee to suggest
to those responsible to consider whether they want to be members of Danish
society or “go home to their native country”. She added that “If they want
to go out and fight with clubs, there are places in the world where you can
fight with clubs”.
The prime minister lent her support to her party colleague, whose statements
have been criticised by Social Democrats and Social Liberals alike.
“I can fully understand the thought when you see such violent behaviour.
Sometimes you see that sort of thing and you think that is not compatible
with the way we do things in Denmark. Irrespective of whether it is ethnic
Danes or Danes with immigrant roots. So I can understand you can get the
sort of thought that the chairman of the Integration Committee had,”
The Liberals have suggested that the government is responsible for the violent
unrest in Odense, but the prime minister rebuffs the allegation.
“It is an integration problem that has not been addressed for many, many
years. I have noted today that both (Ed: former Liberal prime minister) Lars
Løkke Rasmussen and (Ed: former Liberal development aid minister) Søren Pind
say that it is the government’s fault. If it wasn’t so serious, it would be
laughable. Those who have done this are young and were small children when
the previous (Ed: centre-right) government took power,” the prime minister
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