Grandparents have a shortcut to my heart, if they have something to say, I feel obligated to listen. Today I spotted a small demonstration on Sankt Hans Square by Grandparents For Asylum. The first time I heard about them was last year when they were arrested in the Parliament for singing during the announcement of yet another tightening of the asylum law, by Minister of Integration Birthe Rønn. They caught some of it on video before they feed was interrupted. First words out of Birthe Rønn: "stop the meeting, then they will be punished".
This woman earned her mural:
Shame on you Birthe Rønn.
Some of the refugees have been stuck in the asylum centres for over ten years, people who have experienced torture and prosecution (counseling of torture victims is only available to those granted asylum). According to the grandparents they have had an unfair trial, and following their rejection, they are now stuck, traumatized, petrified of going back home and not allowed the opportunity to start a life here. The children, of which some are born at the centres, are stuck in the middle and moved from one asylum centre to the other, unable to form relationships with children their own age, as they may not be around long enough. I know firsthand how this cripples your social skills in the long run. And the deprivation of a social life is only one of the many inhumane obstacles they are up against.
Human rights are being trampled.
We grandparents are outraged and ashamed of the Danish refugee politics. Too many have been stuck for years in the Danish asylum centres - passive, denied the right to work.
Every Sunday the grandparents stand in front of the asylum centres to show their discontent, they have been doing so for the last three years, and this month marks the 200th appearance. They are a reminder of a humanity that used to be at our very core, and they make me so proud to be Danish.
Link: Bedsteforældre For Asyl (in Danish)
And now I miss my grandparents.. ugh.