By John Smith • 03 November 2021 • 16:13
Thomas Rohden puts up new posters outside the Chinee Embassy
Credit: Thomas Rohden Facebook
A VERY young Danish local election candidate has upset China by putting a poster up outside of their Embassy demanding that they should give-up occupation of Tibet.
Many countries would simply ignore the young man’s efforts, but as far as the Chinese are concerned, the action by Thomas Rohden was like a red rag to a bull.
Not only did the Embassy issue a statement deploring his actions but then a member of Embassy staff tore down the 10 posters which in itself is close to causing a diplomatic incident.
Now the young man has complained that under Danish law, he is entitled to place the posters on Danish soil as free speech is guaranteed so he contends that the action of removing them is tantamount to theft.
As the matter, which could have been ignored by everyone, gained major media coverage in Denmark, so the Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has become involved, saying the action is “worrying” and it appears that the local police are now investigating to decide whether a crime has been committed.
In the meantime, Rohden has put up more posters outside the Embassy and has found more media coverage for his argument that if elected he will demand that the Danish Capital Region breaks off relationships with China and cancel its co-operation agreement with Jiangsu Province.
On this occasion it looks as if David will not triumph over Goliath but the volume of publicity, he has obtained might just see him beating his political opponents in the election.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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