LGBT+ activists dump jewellery at Danish embassy to protest anti-migrant law
This morning activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants threw their jewellery in front of the Danish embassy in Kensington. The action protested a controversial new law, passed by the Danish parliament this week, that allows the police to search refugees and seize their cash and valuables.
The law has sparked widespread criticism from among others the UN, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and leading human rights campaigners. Yesterday world famous artist Ai Weiwei cancelled an exhibition in Denmark because of Denmark’s treatment of migrants.
Morten Thaysen from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (and Danish citizen) said: “If Denmark needs it so badly, they can have our jewellery as long as they stop stealing from refugees. Denmark is one of the richest countries in the world and there can be no doubt that this new law is not about economy, but about scapegoating migrants.
Donna Riddington from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants said: “Just this week it was revealed that asylum seekers in the UK were forced to wear red wristbands, and now the Danish government wants to rip jewellery off refugees. We’re already horrified by the treatment of migrants across Europe, but Denmark is stooping to a new low. Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day, have we learned nothing?”
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Notes to Editors
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants is a queer activist group that takes up the mantle from the 1980’s Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees. The group supports migrants and refugees through fundraising activities and use creative action to disrupt the prevailing right-wing media narrative which pits LGBTQIA+ people against migrants.