And this wasn’t a one-off for Thisted. Another nearby sign featured directions to Syria, which it said lay 4,426 kilometers away.
These signs, of course, were not installed by Danish authorities. Instead, they were illegally installed on Friday night by unknown individuals.
Among some mainstream political parties, the signs sparked outrage.
“It’s really, really unsympathetic to hang these kinds of signs up,” Pernille Skipper, a spokeswoman for Denmark’s Red-Green alliance, told Jyllands-Posten, adding that the signs send those fleeing a war zone the message that “we do not want you here.” Marcus Knuth, a spokesman for the governing Liberal Party, said that although his party wanted to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Denmark, the signs sent an “unsavory” and “tasteless” message to refugees and migrants.
Others praised the signs’ message. Ib Poulsen, the deputy mayor of Thisted and a member of the powerful far-right Danish People’s Party, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper that their installation had created a meaningful debate, even if they are illegal. “We have a government who is not taking this seriously,” Poulsen said. “We should have sent [Syrians and Iraqis] back to neighboring countries.”
The Danes’ Party (Danish: Danskernes Parti, abbreviated as DP)
Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party)