Gazi Monir Ahmed
I am 100% Danish, and there is no way I am ever returning to Bangladesh. My life started when I came to Copenhagen Nordvest. In Bangladesh I never felt really secure, so I did not develop at all. Here I own my own restaurant, Den Sorte Gryde, which I bought five years after arriving in Denmark. We do a mainly Danish cuisine, but also Indian. My favourite dish is Goulash.
As leader of the opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Denmark, I fight a corrupt regime, albeit from a distance. We are trying to get rid of a government which turns a blind eye to genocide and violations of human rights. We have organised many demonstrations outside the Bangladeshi embassy here in Copenhagen, but we can never get to meet or talk to the ambassador. Today I am trying to arrange a meeting with Jeppe Kofod in Brussels where he works as a social democratic EU parliamentarian.
I am proposing a complete stop to Danish development aid to Bangladesh. The money is not used in the interest of the people, but to feed a bottomless pit in a corrupt system. As a tax-paying citizen I do not wish that my money is used to support a government whose values are in direct contrast to Danish values.
A government which reminds me of the one I fled from, and which I use all my spare time to fight. Whenever possible, I follow the Bangladeshi prime minister and protest against the regime. Last week for example I travelled to London.
48 years / male / in a relationship / children / restaurateur / Copenhagen NV / from Bangladesh / came to Denmark in 1992 / residence permit same year