Last weekend the Danish people showed how they feel about the refugee crisis and it is very different to the image the newly elected minority Government would like the world to see. On Saturday 40,000 people joined a demo outside Christiansborg (the Danish parliament) to push home the message that the general population do not stand for the message the Danish government is putting out there and to show a positive stance on welcoming refugees.
The photo below (and there are many others here) went viral showing a Danish police officer playing with a refugee child on the closed motorway last week. Sadly the reactionary press in the UK chose not to report on either story so left readers with the message all Denmark is doing is putting anti refugee ads in foreign media and opting out of the quota system.
At the main station there is a volunteer welcome point for refugees coming in on trains from Germany – they have clothes, food and prams etc ready for the newly arrived refugees and are helping them forward to either Sweden or the reception centres here in the greater Copenhagen area. The welcome point is most in need of food and drink and also cash. At present they can’t actually actively collect money but you can pop by and put money in the cups on the desk. This money is mainly used to buy transport tickets to Sweden and also food and drink. Like the collection point I went to a few weeks ago, there is no formal organisation here, volunteers turn up and get to work. The area is manned 24 hours a day so there is plenty of need for volunteers. It was quiet when I popped by at 8.30 in the morning but the volunteers told me it had been a busy night and expected later in the day to be the same. We went back around 4pm just as a group of newly arrived refugees were arriving.People are still actively donating clothes, toys and other material things across the city and the main sorting area for this is at Solbakken Kollegiet, Rektorparken 12, 2450 København SV. They are in desperate need for more hands here too so if you have a couple of hours to spare then do consider helping out there.Finally this is a fantastically coordinated group on Facebook called Help us help the refugees so consider joining this group for more information as to where you can help. Practical help is the most important thing at the moment, I am sure the emphasis will change as the refugees become more settled.