Police Are Not Enough

As mentioned in two stories from last night’s news feed, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen caused quite a stir when he publicly stated that immigrant ghettos are not really part of Denmark. He maintains that more than just police officers are needed to change the mentality in Denmark’s culturally enriched enclaves.

The video below includes the relevant excerpt from the press conference where Løkke Rasmussen spoke out. Many thanks to our Danish correspondent TB for the transcript, to Anne-Kit of Perth, Australia for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

A complete transcript is below the jump


00:02   The fundamental question is whether certain urban areas can even be considered to be Denmark at all.
00:08   Because Danish is a language spoken by a minority; because children play in the streets late at night because their parents don’t have to get up in the morning …
00:16   … because all satellite dishes point away from Danish news broadcasts, towards remote regions with which people identify.
00:26   Because Danish standards of trust, equality, the rule of law and respect for public authorities do not exist.
00:35   And if we fail to understand that these areas are of a completely different nature to the rest of Denmark …
00:43   … then we are going down the wrong track.
00:45   We have done a lot and invested billions in these areas,
00:53   But apartment block renovations and paint jobs are not enough.
00:58   Nor is putting more police on the streets.
01:03   It requires a combined effort from the social services, policing, the legal system, the education system …
01:11   … and the employment area to address the problems out there.
01:17   So having a visible police presence is of course part of the solution, but it is not the whole solution.

6 thoughts on “Police Are Not Enough

  1. Actually, Lars Løkke is playing catch-up here…

    The socialists in Denmark just launched their new “Tough on crime, no parallel societies” initiative, and our Prime Minister needs to show that he is still somewhat ahead in toughness, which is not bad.

    This situation came about because our government is stalling on its own initiative, possibly facing either internal disagreement or having trouble with the legal details (Discrimination is illegal in EU, you know), and the socialists decided to move first, capture the headlines, and cash in in opinion polls.

    So far, it seems to be working.

    What we need to do now, obviously, is to hold them firm on their Tough Talk, and demand that it be carried through to actual laws.

    Tactical considerations aside, this is quite an opportunity to implement tough measures on ghettos, Shariah parallel courts etc. Good for Denmark 🙂

  2. For once I must disagree with Henrik. The present hulabalu is nothing but the usual performing for the gallery. For the socialists it’s a free ride to pretend some concern about the crime-ridden ghettos – none of them live there and they don’t care one bit as long as the muslims vote is a given.

    And our PM’s plan? – Well, he intends to tear down a few high-rise buildings where the worst scumbags live and relocate them elsewhere i.e. among law-abiding citizens. Which means better apartments on the taxpayers
    expense, of course. In short: rewarding the Muslims for being Muslims and acting accordingly! – I wonder what their new neighbors feel about that. No I
    do not: they’ll feel something soon enough. That’s for sure…

    It appears that being a politician is incompatible with knowledge – especially about Islam.

  3. Kepiblanc, I have inside information that the change in Socialistisk Folkeparti is genuine. A contributing cause for this to happen is that they have new members living in the affected areas, who contradict the old intellectuals when they say “According to our books, this problem cannot exist”.

    I promised not to quote directly or give sources, but take my word for it: The change is real.

    Usually I would not trust socialists, but in this case there is an unprecedented opportunity to implement real change, based on broad agreement in Folketinget.

    I don’t have similar information from the Social Democrats. I trust them a lot less.

  4. PM Rassmussen is certainly correct that certain areas are “not really part of Denmark.” Those areas are foreign entities which have declared a not so “cold” war against the Danish State. Such entities invite a Military Response as I am sure the PM is aware. DrShalit

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