romea - logo
February 21, 2018
Zprávy e-mailem - Nemáte čas číst naše zprávy každý den? Nechte si posílat souhrn toho nejdůležitějšího tak často, jak  chcete Vy.
extended search

Denmark: Immigrant and ex-MP visits those who post hateful commentaries and threats online

23.12.2017 18:46
Özlem Cekic (PHOTO:  Facebook profile of Özlem Cekic)
Özlem Cekic (PHOTO: Facebook profile of Özlem Cekic)

Özlem Cekic, a former MP in Denmark, has decided to undertake a genuinely unique approach to combating racism and xenophobia. As an immigrant, a Muslim, and a woman she has been targeted with many hateful commentaries, harassment and threats online.

Cekic is Kurdish and has lived in Denmark since the age of three, when she emigrated there from Turkey. After failing to win re-election she began visiting the people who had sent her such messages in person.

News server reports that the famous Danish photographer Jacob Holdt gave her the courage to decide to pay the visits. She does not just visit her ideological opponents from the ultra-right, but also Islamists, xenophobes, and people who cannot stand democracy.

"I always do my best to find a common language with them, to ascertain why it is we can't stand each other so much when we don't even know each other," she said. In advance of her first such meeting, the former MP says she was quite terror-stricken, afraid that the extremist who had bothered her with hateful e-mails and threats would cut her throat in person.

"I called him and said 'Hey, you don't know me personally and I don't know you either. You've sent me so many hateful messages, though, that I believe we should sit down, have some food, and talk this out. Can I visit you?'" she recalls.

The answer surprised her - the man said he would have to ask his wife. Their meeting ultimately was a success.

The former MP agreed with her husband that if he hadn't heard from her within an hour of the visit beginning, he would call the police. In the end, she ended up having a calm discussion of more than two hours with that particular man.

"I meet with them exclusively in their own homes so they can see that I am trustworthy. I always bring them some food. My credo is that if we can break bread together, then we will not kill each other," she says.

bau, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 355x

Don't miss:

Related articles:


Denmark, Neo-Nazism, Politics, Racism


--ilustrační foto--

Czech survey finds youth are more prejudiced against minorities than their elders

8.2.2018 7:46
A survey performed by experts from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology has ascertained that while the subjects of the Holocaust, minorities and tolerance are being taught in the Czech schools, the instruction is having no influence on some widespread prejudices. ÚSTR has long focused on instruction about these sensitive historical subjects in the schools and more than 600 teachers take its courses annually.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Outgoing Czech PM backs MP who doubted Romani Holocaust, says he has apologized and his words have been "misinterpreted"

7.2.2018 16:32
Outgoing Czech PM Andrej Babiš (ANO) says that he believes the chair of the SPD movement, Tomio Okamura, has already apologized for his remarks about the Protectorate-era
concentration camp at Lety u Písku, a site of the genocide of the Roma during the Second World War. When asked today whether he supports removing Okamura from his post as vice-chair of the lower house, as the Christian Democrats propose, the PM said he considers Okamura's apology to have been sufficient.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Czech Republic: Unique "Memory of the Roma" project keeps historical memory alive through video

7.2.2018 7:33
Over a cup of coffee in her apartment in Rokycany, Czech Republic, 67-year-old Květa Tůmová Tomášová recalls the stories of her family, whose roots are in the Šariš region of eastern Slovakia. She talks about labor camps, partisans, the Second World War, the postwar migration to the Czech Republic, her childhood in Rokycany, and the classroom where she and her brother Mírák were the only Romani children.
 full story


Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Moderátoři serveru si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category

romea - logo