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The Foreigner Racial bigotry hits southern Norway council meeting. The minor-ranking Rightist politician left Leftist political colleagues somewhat aghast with her views on foreigners. Elected Arendal municipality officials had intended to discuss plans regarding settlement of refugees. Progress’ (FrP) Sylvi Hardi commented about the displaced persons’ culture, odours, and physical abuse of their children instead.

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Racial bigotry hits southern Norway council meeting

Published on Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 09:08 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

The minor-ranking Rightist politician left Leftist political colleagues somewhat aghast with her views on foreigners.



Elected Arendal municipality officials had intended to discuss plans regarding settlement of refugees.

Progress’ (FrP) Sylvi Hardi commented about the displaced persons’ culture, odours, and physical abuse of their children instead.

“Do we really want somebody in our living room who thinks, eats, and smells because they consume different food, completely different than us?” she asked.

“They have a completely different culture and way of thinking. They beat and hit their children,” added the Party’s tenth-in-line caretaker council representative.

The next person to address the assembled politicians from the speaker’s podium was Labour’s (Ap) Line Haugland.

According to her, Ms Hardy’s comments had caused many who were present to react. She called what was said “grossly stigmatising” and “racist”, wondering “what century one is living in”.

“I began wondering if I’d heard right, whether this is what was actually said. I couldn’t believe my ears,” Ms Haugland said to NRK.

Progress’ Sylvi Hardy told the broadcaster she stands by what she said, however. She denies her speech was racist, maintaining that her comments accurately reflected matters.

“One can’t get past the fact that people who come from a completely different part of the world, religion, and dissimilar way of life don’t have the same values, way of thinking, and way of living as we are accustomed to here.”

She also stated that culture influences how odours are perceived, and that this was certainly an issue for her. Moreover, the people she mixes with have common values.

“Most of us would probably like to smell nice when we meet other people. We have a shower, put on clean clothes and perfume. They [people from other cultures] normally smell different, though I don’t go around smelling people,” explained Ms Hardy.

“What [was said] neither harmonises with the plan we handled regarding refugees nor the intention behind good integration,” said Progress’ Aust-Agder County leader Anders Kylland, who was at the meeting.

“The only thing to do is completely distance oneself from this type of phraseology,” he concluded.

Arendal municipal politicians decided in favour of settling 105 refugees next year.




Published on Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 09:08 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: immigration, asylum, norway, scandinavia.





  
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