“Neither new laws nor more funding is the solution for the current week of riots.”
For the last week or so “youths” have been rioting in Denmark, burning cars, stoning ambulances, torching schools, and engaging in all the other high-spirited activities that the “youths” of Europe have become notorious for in the last few years.
The latest Danish intifada started out as an eruption of the autonomer, the young anarchist punks associated with Ungdomshuset. Muslim teenage gangs soon joined in the fun, later justifying it by citing the republication of the Motoons as an offense to their religious sensibilities.
The Danish government and average Danish citizens are not willing to put up with all this nonsense, and are now discussing the best ways to deal with it. The latest proposal under consideration is to force the parents of underage rioters to pay for the damage caused by their delinquent children.
Government coalition will hold parents responsible
It can in the future become costly for parents if their children under 18 years old participate in riots.
On Monday the Danish People’s Party launched a string of proposals for the prevention of new riots, and among the proposals is that parents shall be held economically responsible for the damage their offspring are inflicting.
“The youths can’t afford to pay for the cars they destroy themselves,” says the deputy leader of the Danish People’s Party, Peter Skaarup.
That is an idea that the Minister of Justice Lene Espersen views positively. She herself considered the same possibility after the earlier “Ungdomshuset riots”.
“It is totally and completely unacceptable that society has got to deal with an immense bill, all because the parents can’t live up to their responsibilities. If we can make the parents economically responsible, then they will have a much larger incentive to put their teenagers under house arrest or by other means prevent them from running around and burning cars in the streets,” says Lene Espersen.
Fogh: It’s not society’s fault
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen places the entire responsibility for the burned schools and cars on the youths and their parents.
Neither new laws nor more funding is the solution for current week of riots, in which youths over most of the country have burned cars, schools, and containers. Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen made this clear when he went on TV this evening to comment on the riots for the first time.
“Now we have to stop the old song that it is the fault of society. It is the responsibility of the youths — and their parents,” said the Prime Minister, who at the same time appealed to the youths to get started with education and working.
Lots of employment
“We are lacking in manpower, and we would like to see even more go to work. They must pull themselves together, said Fogh Rasmussen, who in clear speech warned the youths:
“You wont get any support this way — many people will turn their backs on you,” he said.
Political spokesman Henrik Sass Larsen (SDP opposition) says — concerning the actual events — that he agrees with the government in that the youths to some degree carry the responsibility for the burning cars.
“This will not be solved with lots of social cash or special ‘immigrant houses’. This is about the necessity for each youth to make a decision about whether he wishes to succeed in life. It is to a huge degree possible to be successful in Denmark; it is only a matter of getting started,” he said, although he also has suggestions over the longer term for improvement in integration efforts.
“We have make an effort in the area where many immigrants live. It is about social uplift and a broader coalition of inhabitants — it works,” he says, and also points to the need for more street workers.
“They can beat some common sense into the youth and aid in rebuilding their confidence in the future,” says Sass Larsen.
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