Crackdown on Islam-Critics in Denmark

I woke up this morning to find this comment by a Dane posted on last night’s news feed:

I thought you may want to know; not sure where to post this, so here it is anyway: This morning, Steen from “Snaphanen” in Copenhagen, Denmark was picked up by six police officers and taken in for questioning in handcuffs, and his computers, hard drives etc. seized. Allegedly for linking to links from other links to links eventually leading to a video of a beheading.

Shakespeare was right. There IS something rotten in the state of Denmark.

I took a quick look at Steen’s Steen’s blog. He has posted — using a borrowed computer — about what happened. He’s not the only one who was rounded up this morning; evidently this was a big day for cracking down on “Islamophobes” in Denmark.

In Denmark! I thought Denmark was different, but evidently not.

This is the closest to home the repression has hit. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was prosecuted and convicted, but she was never arrested, nor did she have her computers seized. This is the first time a good friend of mine has been handcuffed and taken away to help police with their enquiries.

I spent many enjoyable hours in Steen’s company on several occasions a few years ago. He put me up in his apartment and introduced me to a number of Danish dissidents, including Lars Hedegaard. Steen is a superb photographer — that was his primary pursuit before he took up Islamophobia. He took the photo at the top of this post in happier days, when I was in Denmark back in 2009, enjoying a meal at a restaurant with a group of Scandinavian dissidents. You can see me sitting at the far end of the table.

Below the jump is a machine translation of Steen’s post, adjusted to the extent that I could manage it. The mention of “Joseph K.” is a reference to Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial:

Arrested, interrogated and out of office

Have just been called by a politician who was arrested at 6:45 this morning (Hedegaard) “This morning was arrested by four detectives, computer was seized and home searched.” (NB’s leading candidate Jeppe Juhl)

At 6.30 this morning I was awakened by five or six police officers who searched my home for an hour. When it came to my sleepy head what was happening, my first thought was, because I was not conscious of having done anything criminal: “Someone must have slandered Joseph K., for without knowing of having done anything bad, he was arrested one morning.”

I was charged with a charge of roughly the same thing that Jaleh Tavakoli [Iranian-Danish woman who lost custody of her foster children] is said to have done. I must have linked to something that linked further that linked to the mentioned beheading video from December.

After being a photographer for more than 50 years, of course I know well Section 264 d of the Criminal Code. It is a perfectly reasonable paragraph, depending on how it is used, well to notice. This application of it resembles overkill and it signals panic among the debating classes. Here in the eye of the hurricane it is rocky, I can tell my friends. There is not even an election campaign fever, but you can wonder why this is happening right now. It’s two months since Jaleh Tavakoli and thirteen others were charged.

It’s four and a half months since my ‘crime’, so exactly how many links there were, and whether there was a video at the end of the link chain at all, I wasn’t aware of standing up. Sharing something has become a rather advanced legal definition. Therefore, I could not admit any guilt.

I was put in handcuffs and driven to the concrete slab called Bellahøj Police Station and locked in a cell of nine square meters, without belt or laces. I had DNA, photo and fingerprints taken and was locked in again. Then I was questioned and signed the document. All the officers behaved properly and professionally, and I tried to do the same. There was nothing to say to them; it is higher up in the system where someone is not quite well-kept at the moment.

Of interest to Snaphanen and readers is that the police have seized all my computers, hard drives and SD cards and will have them for some months. This is written on a borrowed Chromebook. I have an appointment with Steve Bannon and friends in Oslo this weekend, and will endeavor to get something done from that meeting, but otherwise I can’t say anything about the release rate in the near future. I have to improvise without writing tools. It is not so good for what is going to be a turbulent election campaign.

Lars Hedegaard writes that a politician he knows has experienced the same thing I have this morning: Now the hunt for Islam critics is underway. It turned out to be New Borger’s leading candidate, Jeppe Juhl.

14 thoughts on “Crackdown on Islam-Critics in Denmark

  1. The rot in Denmark comes from EU down to its political henchmen. Appalling in itself today’s incident is much aggravated by the fact that a general election was proclaimed yesterday. Our leaders are underestimating the Danes I’m afraid. This cannot be undone. We shall remember them…

    Riisgaard, DK

    • Well the EU is ruled by your old friend, Germany, and her fearless leader and provider 🙂

  2. Less than 24 hours after elections were called, they arrest two leading alternative media journalists, one of which is also a leading candidate for the elctions.

    The elections are general elections for the Danish parliament. There’s also some sort of election for the European Union “Mickey Mouse Parliament” before that, but honestly, no one cares who gets into that circus of low-tax wages and massively lined pockets.

    The elections were already crazy enough due to Rasmus Paludan suddenly popping up and stealing the spotlight. He’s driving the Establishment crazy with his rude (sometimes too rude) honesty. These elections are going to be great fun!

  3. I’m afraid all the governments, including the US, have been honing the tools of totalitarian repression. Once the tools are in place, it simply becomes a matter of pulling the trigger, a decision made by a prosecutor perhaps a fanatic, perhaps a bureaucrat with more scalps needed on his belt.

    The conviction rate for federal US crimes is said to be over 90%. Does this come from the fact that federal prosecutors are genuinely super-efficient at their work, or does it come from the fact that charges are piled onto charges, including threats of charging family members, until the target runs out of money, is looking at a public defender, and is faced with jail time of 20 – 40 years for crimes most people would hardly recognize, unless he cuts a deal. Examples: Lori Loughlin, George Stephanopoulous, Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, etc. The abuse is not simply charging them; it is putting them in a situation with multiple charges, possibly including family members, where they can’t adequately defend themselves and face jail time hugely out of proportion with the actual offense.

    And this is entirely separate from the so-called Patriot Act, which runs riot over even the usual guarantees of due process.

    Having said that, why would a government like Denmark, supposedly moderate in kowtowing to the EU demands of unlimited migration, especially Muslims, pop the cap on one of its citizens for possibly slandering (definition of slander is say something true but unpleasant) Islam? Why did Poland, supposedly an ally in defending nationhood, submit the request to exclude American Renaissance Jared Taylor, from Finland based on EU criteria of Islamophobia?

    • Why? Because the bureaucrats are trained to follow the law even if it says they have to kill innocent children, that is why.

      There is no judge if there is no accuser, and we all know that the muslim community is very good in abusing the “right to petition the government”. And they probably have their own islamic lawyers paid by the middle eastern oligarchs to find chinks in the armor of Danish law. After they send the request, the police has to act, maybe we could call it a political hit job.

    • I think you mean George Papadopoulos instead of George Stephanopoulous don’t you? George Stephanopoulous is the leftist who should be in Siberia. George Papadopoulos was set up by the Obama Clown Posse and had to plead out to having a faulty memory rather than go broke fighting them.

  4. I was in eastern Europe in 1989. I didn’t expect things to suddenly change. 30 years on I see things spinning out of control here in the West.
    Maybe this time I am more prescient?
    Time will tell.
    All the best to all dissidents.

  5. “He put me up in his apartment and introduced me to a number of Danish dissidents, including Lars Hedegaard”.

    Eerily reminiscent of Central Europe of the 1970-80s. Dissidents.

    Can’t believe Denmark has “dissidents”.

  6. Best of British. Whatever is left of Britain, that is. And thank you.

  7. This is confusing.

    Is this strange duality of policies or ideologies as displayed in Denmark a result of membership in the EU which puts pressure on each country to conform to EU policies on ‘populists’?

    On the one hand, the Danish government is taking a fairly tough stand against immigration problems. On the other hand, they are persecuting Danes for speaking out.

    I imagine being a member state of the EU creates a sort of parallel bureaucracy within each country and two sets of political agendas.
    Those politicians tied to the EU are more concerned with keeping their EU position and salary and push for the member county to conform to the EU. Many of the politicians on the Right may be more concerned with local issues within their country.

    I suppose part of the problem is that the EU appears to want to completely take control of each country, at least with the larger issues of governance such as borders, trade, policing, education etc. It appears to create an internal battle for loyalties within each member state government.

    Confusing for many of us outside Europe.

  8. After the Christchurch mosque shooting New Zealand’s foreign minister very quickly went and attended a meeting that Turkey’s President Erdogan had quickly called, of the 57 islamic countries, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

    I think it was a way of pushing NZ to make and accept more censorship, remove guns, and tighten gun laws for the licensed gun owners. Then also for NZ to comply more with what it signed with the UN Migration Pact.
    The main target is to try and get “internet” censorship control, to be the “Christchurch Call” as said by the NZ Prime Minister Ardern, and particularly on the Western nations. Soon she flies out to France, 15th May to see how France’s Macron will progress this.

    Paris to co-chair with French president Emmanuel Macron a G7 meeting on preventing acts of terrorism from being broadcast online. The two plan to ask world leaders and tech executives to agree to a pledge now dubbed the “Christchurch Call”. In response to free speech concerns, the prime minister insisted the meeting would have a narrow remit.

    “This isn’t about freedom of expression,” she said. “This is about preventing violent extremism and terrorism online.”

    In politics there are many little interconnected pressure points, but it seems that many leaders are ok with appeasement, and will sell out their people for the so called “global good”.

  9. Everyone counted, 14 persons were visited by the police in this coordinated effort. 2 of those had posted the video in approval, 12 in disgust. Those approving of it are likely to receive milder sentences than those who posted it in opposition to the actions depicted…

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