G. Hinsliff’s opinion on German’s New Year’s Eve – Why is self-censorship of liberals dangerous?
Sexual aggressions, doubled by robberies, were perpetrated in cities such as Cologne on New Year’s Eve by large groups of Arab and North African looking inebriated young men. Europe discovers progressively that migrants and refugees may be involved in this assaulting touching hundreds of women.
Officials and antiracist organizations seem reluctant to discuss openly about it in a context of recent and huge influx of refugees in Germany. Angela Merkels’ decision to welcome a million refugees – essential to fight the demographic timebomb of an aging population – arouses social tensions while the rise of extreme-right movements doesn’t appear to slow down. On the other side, for these latter, the case is a golden opportunity for fanning the flames of racism and hatred.
Consequently, for Gaby Hinsliff, columnist at The Guardian, the fact that liberals, antiracists and pro-immigrations officials and organizations prevent themselves from openly discuss these events is dangerous.
Dangerous first for the victims, put aside when these aggressions should be treated like any other case. And dangerous for the building of an open society able to integrate refugees as shyness and silence favors xenophobes and anti-immigration supporters.
For her, self-censorship and a troubling “political correctness” increases confusion instead of clarifying this event. It doesn’t help society to clearly understand that “punishing millions of refugees for the actions of a few criminals of unknown origin” makes no sense.
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Face à l’oppression en Turquie, l’Europe doit agir !
La lettre écrite par notre Président @BenjaminAbtan , @CLAPOTMireille MP et @JoseFariaMEP MEP a été publiée par le journal Portugais, O Público.
La lutte pour les droits humains continue !
The European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, as a European #antiracist organization, and the We Belong to Here Association protest in the strongest possible terms against the – today in #Hungary held – far-right and racist action intimidating the Roma community.
Lundi 13 Mars à 18h30 à l'@Inalco, rencontre-dédicace avec Marcel Courthiade, autour de sa dernière publication "Petite histoire du peuple rrom. Première diaspora historique de l'Inde".
Wednesday 24th April - the day of the Armenian genocide - we reunited in Istanbul to commemorate all the Armenian victims.
Let's not forget Armenian people's sufferings- it is important to acknowledge such a tragedy so that in the future no one will ever deny it
Today,MP Garo Paylan explained us how Turkey is no longer a democratic country and how the Armenian genocide intertwines with the current situation with Kurdish people's sufferings
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