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Submitted by Tina (Denmark), Jan 15, 2003 at 10:08

Today, January 15, the German Minister of the Interior put Hizb-ut-tarir on the list of terrorist organisations forbidden in Germany after the organisation's spokesmen made "very strong" antisemitic statements in public in October 2002.

Hizb-ut-tarir is still not forbidden in Denmark, even though the case of death-threats to danish jews has been known and documented since spring 2002.

Today the danish newspaper Politiken has been accused to allow strongly antisemitic postings in one of its chatrooms during several days without involving the police (which it would be obliged to according to Danish Antiracial Law). The newspaper explained that these postings normally are removed immediately.

Danish employers accuse the social system of being lazy in the matter of sending refugees and immigrants to work. According to a spokesman of the employers' organisation, they "had lots of work", but apparently it has not a high priority in the system.

Immigrants have to follow governmental language schools. Approx. 30 % do not attend regularly. A spokeswoman of one of the big language schools said, that it is because "people are under big pressure". (If you work, you don't have to attend).

Danish doctors and psychologists have accused some of the most prominent lawyers in immigration cases for "enforcing" them to prescript medicine to their clients, so they can claim to be psychological endangered and cannot be sent out of the country.

I think my nice and peaceful country still has a very idealistic view on what is going on. The question is how long this can go on.

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