By Mayar Elsharkawy, September 16
In an interview with Mr. Mohamed Aslam, the chairman of Mjølnerparken ghetto, representatives from the new Danish government, particularly from the minister of housing and buildings, stated that the old ghetto laws confirmed by the old government will still be worked with under the new one.
The interview was held on the 30th of August upon a request from Mr. Aslam in order to negotiate with the new government about changing the decision of deporting the majority of Mjølnerparken residents as an attempt from the government to develop the area.
“When asked about alternatives for people living in the ghetto where they can move to, the representatives didn’t answer and the government seems to have no clue for where those people will live after leaving.” Said Mr. Aslam who also believes that these laws will aggravate the problem of homelessness that Denmark is currently trying to solve.
The unjustified attachment to the old laws by the new government is believed by Mr. Aslam and also the rest of Mjølnerparken ghetto as a racist and xenophobic action; “The criminal cases are done by a very few number of residents, and it happens everywhere. Thus, it makes no sense to force exile more than 200 residents because their neighbor has committed a crime.” He added.