Trying to get back into the groove of blogging about immigration and this one seemed like a good place to start!
Now really, who thinks they’d get away with this in the age of the internet. Please! A little more creativity from our racists would be nice. I mean the Swiss came up with all sorts of visually interesting ways to disgust us:
The White Sheep/ Black Sheep poster is probably the most famous:
And the poster for their campaign to ban minarets (which they won) turned quite a few heads last year:
And now , everyone’s favourite French racist, Jean-Marie Le Pen of the far-right National Front, has tooootally ripped them off! Laaaaame!
They’ve imitated the minaret-rockets, and the angry-looking, burkha-clad woman, but they’ve added an extra nice touch, and have made their propaganda nation-specific by including the Algerian flag in the background.
The poster equates the Algerian flag, which incorporates traditional Islamic star and crescent, with violence and “l’islamisme” or extremist Islam.
The newest stats I could find show that there were 691,361 in 2006, the largest immigrant group listed.
The Independent reports that the Algerian government, and anti-racism activists are none too pleased with this:
“We have officially protested,” said the Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci. “It is up to the French state to take the necessary measures when foreign countries’ symbols are dragged through the mud.”
Kahled Lasbeur, lawyer for the Movement against Racism, warned of “riots, demonstrations and blood-letting” if the posters are not banned.
Ironically, yet unsurprisingly, as right-wingers tend not to understand international solidarity, “The Swiss advertising agency that devised the original poster said it planned to sue Mr Le Pen’s party, the National Front, for plagiarism.” Perfect.