By a commentator for Tjen Folket Media.
In connection with demonstrations against the old Turkish state’s brutal attack on Northern Syria, two fights broke out on Saturday, October 26. In justified resentment and frustration, provocations led to the anger running off for a number of participants. The occasion was used by the Minister of Justice to express chauvinist slander.
Minister of Justice Jøran Kallmyr (FrP) says:
It is important for us to have freedom of speech, but we are in Norway now and therefore the right to expression is limited, and we do not fight in the streets. It is a break with the relations of trust we have, and we must ensure that something like this does not happen again.
It is pretty clear that the minister’s comments about us “being in Norway now” is made because many of the demonstrators were Kurds. This is a chauvinistic statement. It is a typical Norwegian chauvinism, where one depicts “the other” as uncivilized people who cannot behave themselves.
The chauvinism becomes particularly tasteless given the fact that Kurds are currently being murdered by the Turkish war machine. Children die in their parents’ arms following Turkish bombing runs. And the Minister of Justice’s first insight is to emphasize that “we are in Norway now”.
His undemocratic and unprincipled disposition comes to light when he implies that freedom of speech only applies as long as people behave properly.
The Norwegian state is Turkey’s friend and ally. The Norwegian state does not care about the Kurdish people. And the minister uses this occasion to express racist slander. It should disgust all solidaric people.