Minister: Keep extremist preachers out of Denmark

Wide support at Christiansborg for proposal to change travel visa rules

Frederiksen wants hateful preachers to be turned away at the border (photo: iStock) Frederiksen wants hateful preachers to be turned away at the border (photo: iStock)
May 19th, 2015 10:06 am| by Philip Tees
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Mette Frederiksen, the justice minister, wants to change the law to prevent extremist preachers from entering Denmark, Metroxpress reports.

She told the newspaper she has asked the Justice Ministry, the Immigration Service and the police intelligence agency PET to come up with proposals before the summer holiday to bring about a change to the visa rules.

“I don’t think extremist preachers should be allowed to travel to Denmark and spread hateful messages,” she said.


“They should be turned away at the border – they should be denied a visa, and if they have already entered the country, they should be thrown out.”

Islamic group calls it hypocrisy
The statement comes following the appearance yesterday of Ismail Alwahwah, a controversial Australian imam, at a Nørrebro event organised by the Islamic political organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Opposition parties support the proposed move, but Junes Kock, a spokesperson for Hizb ut-Tahrir, called it hypocrisy in light of the emphasis placed on freedom of expression in the country.

“It must be acknowledged that this is an attack on Muslims,” he said.

“Because it is only raised when Islamic organisations invite guests from abroad.”