An anti-racist party, the “Independent Greens” was founded in Denmark by a group of people led by the Pakistani origin deputy Sikandar Malik Siddique, who declared that he would follow a moderate policy towards the immigrants.
On Monday (September 7) Siddique announced the founding of his party in a press release at the Blue Square in the Nörrebro District of the capital, Copenhagen, where immigrants are densely populated.
Siddique said he is one of the immigrants mentioned by Denmark’s anti-immigration Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Frederiksen, 42, became the youngest person to lead a Danish government, then two months later drew President Trump’s ire by saying Greenland wasn’t for sale. She acknowledged that curbs on immigration are needed in her country where everyone has access to free health care and education.
Siddique said “I’ve been called a foreigner all my life, sorry prime minister, but I’m not a foreigner (immigrant), I’m Danish, and the only place I migrated to is the Royal Hospital, 1 kilometer from here.” stressing that “Prime Minister, I am Danish as much as you.”
Sikandar Siddique demanded support from citizens for the new party saying “We who are standing in front of you here have taken the first step, but we need more support, we cannot make this democratic revolution alone”.
EXCLUSIVE: @alteruk21 is proud to be first to run the manifesto (in English) of @friegronne (Independent Greens), Denmark’s radical new green and anti-racist party, launched today. We wish @sikandasiddique, @uffeelbaek & all of the team the best of luck! https://t.co/cP4v27FB30— Pat Kane (@theplayethic) September 7, 2020
“Those who want a green and independent Denmark, I invite all of you, environmentalists and anti-racists, to write a new story for Denmark” added Siddique.
The “Independent Greens”, which was established with 3 deputies in the 179-seat Danish Parliament, must collect the signatures of more than 20 thousand voters to take part in the next parliamentary elections.
Siddique stated that they will collect signatures by traveling all over the country. Sikandar Malik Siddique is a Danish politician born in 1986 in Copenhagen. He had a master’s degree in communication and global studies, Roskilde University.
Siddique was a member of the Social Democratic Party’s Council of Copenhagen between 2005 and 2009, entered the parliament from the Alternative Party in the elections held in June 2019.
Siddique left the Alternative Party with Uffe Elbaek and Susanne Zimmer, after the replacement of Josephine Brock, the leader of the Alternative Party. Uffe Elbaek accepted the election defeat and left the party leadership.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk