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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Denmark Steals Cash and Valuables from Refugees

Feb 15, 2016

Denmark’s lawmakers overwhelmingly voted last month to empower its officials to seize cash and valuables from refugees fleeing wars and misery of the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan.

In a brutal show of hypocrisy, Danish government officials said that items of “special sentimental value” such as wedding rings, engagement rings, decorations and medals are exempted. But watches, mobile phones and computers can be confiscated from refugees. “Family portraits,” however, are exempted. How “generous and welcoming” is this “civilized” country!

This law only prolongs the suffering of vulnerable people who are fleeing bloody wars and poverty.

This is not an act of generosity, but an appalling act of barbarism on its face. And, as Bent Melchior, the former chief rabbi of Denmark said, the plan “had the character of what was actually in force during the Nazis’ persecution of minorities.”