Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen responded strongly today to an opposition proposal to create ghetto police teams, saying that the problem goes much deeper than police intervention. Rasmussen said the ghettos are so far removed from mainstream Danish society that it requires more than just a get-tough attitude on crime.
‘What it comes down to is that we have some areas where you can ask yourself the question whether it is Denmark at all,’ he said today during his weekly press conference. ‘Because Danish is only spoken by a minority in these places. Because children are allowed to play out in the street at night. Because Danish standards regarding security, equal rights, the legal system and respect for public authority don’t exist there.’