Sunday, March 05, 2006

Rally for Denmark: Solidarity with Denmark, Death to Fascism

Vian Normsblog and The Reader,
"Solidarity with Denmark, Death to Fascism" were the words leader Christopher Hitchens closed his speech and rally with in Washington DC in front of the Danish Embassy. If you favor Free Speech, show your support by rallying in solidarity with Denmark in front of the Danish Consulate in Chicago on March 14th at noon.

Proposing that first rally, Hitchens wrote "Denmark is a fellow member of NATO and a country that sends its soldiers to help in the defense and reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. And what is its reward from Washington? Not a word of solidarity, but instead some creepy words of apology to those who have attacked its freedom, its trade, its citizens, and its embassies. For shame. Surely here is a case that can be taken up by those who worry that America is too casual and arrogant with its allies. I feel terrible that I have taken so long to get around to this, but I wonder if anyone might feel like joining me in gathering outside the Danish Embassy in Washington, in a quiet and composed manner, to affirm some elementary friendship. Those who like the idea might contact me at, and those who live in other cities with Danish consulates might wish to initiate a stand for decency on their own account."

Please be outside the Consulate of Denmark, 211 EAST ONTARIO ST. (by St. Clair St.), between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 14. Quietness and calm are the necessities, plus cheerful conversation. Danish flags are good, or posters reading "Stand By Denmark" and any variation on this theme (such as "Buy Carlsberg/ Havarti/ Lego") The response to Christopher Hitchens' call to rally in Washington was astonishing, and the Danes were appreciative. But they are an embassy and thus do not of course endorse or comment on any demonstration. Hitchens hoped, however, to set a precedent for other cities and countries, and New York City is already having a rally for Denmark at their consulate there on Friday, March 3rd. Chicago can do no less. Please pass on this message to friends and colleagues.

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