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On Saturday September 12, 30.000 people said welcome to refugees at the demonstration at Christiansborg. New Times was there asking people on their motives to be at the demonstration.

#Refugees Welcome – Voxpop

On Saturday September 12, 30.000 people said welcome to refugees at the demonstration at Christiansborg. New Times was there asking people on their motives to be at the demonstration.

By Camilla Q. Madsen 
Photo: Ahmed

Signe, 64, educator in social psychiatry

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Why are you here?
I’m strongly moved by the refugee crisis. There is so much war in the world and so many innocent people are being squashed.

What do you want to show with this demonstration?
I want to give the politicians food for thought. I know that many people voted for the Danish Peoples Party but we are still many that are against the current refugee policies.

What should be Denmark’s responsibility towards refugees?
We should listen and act in accordance to the crisis. We are a wealthy country and we have the responsibility to help refugees.

Mathilde, 25, studies didactics and Sofie, 26, studies single courses

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Why are you here?
We are here to show our support. Denmark has been participating in creating insecurity and war. The least we can do is helping the people trying to escape war.

What do you want to show with this demonstration?
We want the politicians to open their eyes and understand that the current policies are not working.

What should be Denmark’s responsibility towards refugees?
We can’t cut the benefits. It is completely ridiculous. We want the politicians to look at the reality that we are facing. We are in the middle of a crisis and the politicians are closing their eyes.

 My, 6, in preschool and Charlie, 5, in kindergarten

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Why are you here today?
We have made signs to say welcome to refugees.
My and Charlie’s mom: My and Charlie were sitting having breakfast this morning and we were listening to the radio. They were talking about refugees and My said that she wanted to made a story to every refugee coming to Denmark. A story for every refugee was a bit too much so instead My and Charlie made signs to say welcome.

Tarek, 19, kindergarden teaching assistant and Mariam, 21, studies history

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Why are you here?
Mariam: We have a responsibility for the people that we have let down and abandoned in war and misery. We are partly to blame for the crisis and we ought to do something. Human rights are being violated.

Tarek: Also we are many that are against the politics being made on the issue and we want to show our support by coming here today.

What do you want to show with this demonstration?
Mariam: We want to give a signal to refugees and create a reputation in the world that we are many that are willing to help.

What should be Denmark’s responsibility towards refugees?
Tarek: We want to improve the conditions for families seeking reunion in Denmark. And also turn down the hostile tone against the refugees. It is extremely critical the way we talk about refugees. It is dehumanizing. Our parents came here in the 80’s and they have always said that Denmark used to be such a warm country. We want that back.

 

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