A secret anti-immigration network called ORG that is seeking to cleanse Denmark of immigrants and has ties to current and former members of the Danish People’s Party was exposed yesterday by Politiken.
The newspaper also revealed how a police officer who belonged to the group had compiled a database of left-wing political opponents, using information from the crime register, civil registration system (CPR) and the police database of ongoing investigations.
While the police officer was convicted in 2009 only of misusing the databases, evidence suggests that the man, identified only as PUJ, was also a leading member of ORG.
The revelations have come about from secret internal documents handed to Politiken by Redox, a left-wing research group who claimed the information came from a source within ORG.
The documents included copies of correspondence sent between June 2008 and October 2010 over ORG's secure internet forum, ORG-Int.
While ORG’s leader, Jesper Nielsen, declined to be interviewed by Politiken for the article, the network did release a statement explaining the secrecy was intended as a way to protect members from attacks.
“The association/organisation ORG is a closed network established in a time when physical attacks and violent assaults from undemocratic forces in connection with public meetings about immigration critical topics were the political reality in Denmark,” the statement read.
Poul Lindholm Jensen, party secretary from the Danish People’s Party, confirmed that Nielsen had been a member of the party leadership in the city of Aarhus, while another ORG member had stood for parliament for the party, though both no longer had formal ties to it.
Other major exposures from the documents include information revealing how a member of ORG in 2009 began photographic surveillance of political opponents from the left wing.
“A patriot has offered to be available day and night – ready to move out onto the streets to capture those who impede the national work,” wrote Nielsen on the ORG-Int forum.
The surveillance of political opponents – which ORG refers to as ‘national traitors’ – was being compiled into a database called The Big Memory which it intended to share with other anti-immigration groups such as the Danish Association (Den Danske Forening), an organisation Nielsen has served as the chairman of.
But the current Den Danske Forening chairman, Ole Hasselbalch, denied that ORG had sinister motives..
“I have known for many years that they have been having meetings, one of which I attended, and I can’t see the problem with it,” he told Jyllands Posten newspaper.
“Young people in Aarhus have been meeting for years in coffee clubs where they can talk together about immigration without interference from the public.”
Politiken acknowledged that the information handed to it by Redox may have been obtained through computer hacking as part of the organisation’s attempts at surveillance of the political right-wing – but despite investigation by domestic intelligence agency PET, no charges have so far been brought.