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Open letter to Norwegians

25 06 2013

My public letter to Norwegians in which I explaine how we, Lithuanians, see them and their country and why. Sent to the Norwegian media outlets that were most involved in the public campaign against Lithuanians.

Quite unexpectedly, Norwegians have recently become probably the most disliked nation in Lithuania.

For a couple of years, the Norwegian media have waged a shameless smear campaign against Lithuanians, depicting us as a nation of thieves and human traffickers. They have used against us clearly unethical public relations methods, which the members of NATO usually employ only against their enemies, countries like Russia, Belarus, Syria, etc.

Such things naturally make Lithuanians perceive Norwegians as an openly hostile nation. However, recent developments in Norway have really infuriated us.

Such things do not make us feel ashamed. Quite the reverse, they force us to ignore many standard behavioural constraints when dealing with Norwegians. Our experience provides us with arguments for calling you insensitive and unfair rascals, shameless fraudsters and thieves.

Norwegian authorities have begun to take away Lithuanian children from their parents and hand them over to Norwegian homosexuals. As a convenient excuse, they seem to use the inability of poor Lithuanian families to provide sufficient welfare for to their children.

Norwegians are used to pampering their offsprings; in Lithuania, it is considered normal to have many children and raise them according to the capabilities of their parents. Taking away children unless there is a real danger to their life or health is perceived by the great majority of Lithuanians as a horrible abomination.

As a result, the public image of Norway and Norwegians is rapidly deteriorating. With more and more Lithuanians telling their stories about their humiliation in Norway, Norwegians are losing all their humanity in the eyes of Lithuanians and beginning to look to us like abominous monsters, real foes of our nation.

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I would like to stop these developments – Lithuania does not need enemies to fight with. However, we cannot humbly permit other nations to humiliate us and steal our children.

So, I decided to explain to Norwegians how we perceive them and their offensives against us. It seems that at least a great deal of them think that their oil and other riches entitle them to treat us however they like. We, Lithuanians, do not think so.

Anyway, I have written an open letter to Norwegians offering the Lithuanian understanding of the nature of our conflict and a proposition to look for peace. I have sent it via the Internet to ‘Aftenposten’, ‘Aftenbladet’, ‘Dagbladet’, ‘The Norway Post’, and TV2 as a public reply to their corresponding publications about the supposed criminality of Lithuanians.

In Lithuania, there is an obligation of the media to publish the opinions of all the sides and to give the criticised people an opportunity to defend themselves. I am not sure ☺ if there is any journalistic ethics in Norway.

To be on the safe side, I have also informed of the letter of mine two or three hundred of Scandinavian media outlets by sending them each an email that can be found at the end of this text.

Open letter to Norwegians
25 June 2013
Vilnius

Dear Norwegians,

My name is Giedrius Sharkanas. I am Lithuanian, 42, and live in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania.

I have never been in Norway and have no intention to visit your country in the near future. Therefore, I am free to tell you how I and many other Lithuanians see your country and nation and how we feel about you.

Lithuanians are well aware that Norwegian mass media have been waging a nationwide public campaign against them as a nation for many years and that it has resulted in an extremely negative image of Lithuania and its people in the eyes of many of you.

As a result, many Lithuanians consider you to be unfair racists who are hostile to them for some political reasons. The resentment of Lithuanians towards your country and nation has been further reinforced recently by the news that Norwegian authorities have started to take away Lithuanian children and hand them over to Norwegian homosexuals.

I do not like all this, so I am sending you this letter as a desperate attempt to stop further development of the vicious circle of mutual disrespect before we become real enemies. I hope that you will appreciate the opportunity to understand how other people perceive you and your actions.

The Norwegian media employ illegitimate public relations tricks against Lithuanians

There are various sorts of people among us, including fraudsters, thieves, kidnappers, etc. We have also murderers, as well as many other nations. However, it is clear that some popular Norwegian newspapers, like ‘Dagbladet’ or ‘Aftenposten’, constantly exaggerate negative information about us.

As noted by many our compatriots in Norway, the same crime once committed by Lithuanians is often commented on many times; thus an impression that Lithuanians commit horrible crimes in Norway on a constant basis is being created.

The same negative statistics are quoted again and again, at the same time carefully avoiding any positive information about Lithuania. Even when a Lithuanian falls victim of a crime, it is interpreted as just another proof of the criminality intrinsic to our nation.

The Norwegian TV2 has broadcast a special programme dedicated to human trafficking that was clearly intended to make the impression that trading in humans was commonplace in Lithuania – which is complete nonsense. In this programme, Taurage (a Lithuanian county-capital) was called ‘a city of thieves’, as if it were actually considered to be such in Lithuania. The Taurage county is the poorest in Lithuania, and some thieves and human traffickers certainly reside in the town; however, displaying the life story of a girl as typical of her hometown in order to discredit our whole country was utterly unethical and unfair.

There are many other examples of employing dirty ploys to smear us, even a high police officer calling Lithuanians a threat to the Norwegian nation. This shameless propaganda seems to have success with you, but its effects on Lithuanians are completely reverse.

Lithuanians encounter the darkest side of Norway

Norway is one of the wealthiest countries of the world, famous for its egalitarian social policy. Many of you seem proud of those various political and war refugees, most of them Muslims, who find asylum in Norway, are provided with generous support, and can live a careless life, raise children, etc. feeling secure about their future.

However, most of my compatriots who come to Norway to look for a better life are met completely differently. They usually have to do the dirtiest jobs and are paid much less than Norwegians.

Some Lithuanian women single-handedly carry out the work that should normally be done by a strong man or two women, e. g. take care of disabled Norwegians in their homes, for a bed at a workers’ hostel, a mandatory return ticket to Lithuania once a month and a salary of about 7000 Norwegian kroner. That looks good for an inexperienced Lithuanian; however, in Norway it means nothing but slavery. Such extremely hard-working women have to deprive themselves of food in order to bring something of their earnings home.

The Lithuanian media are full of sad life stories of Lithuanians who once did not receive proper medicine assistance in Norway and as a result ruined their health forever. Employers forcing Lithuanians to work despite them being gravely ill also seems to be commonplace in your country.

Thus, many Lithuanians do not perceive Norway as a paradise of wealth. Many of them there face utterly unfair treatment, discrimination and shameless exploitation.

How can they respect the country which does not respect them?

Little good to say about Norwegians

The above mentioned slave-like Lithuanian geriatric aides usually do not complain about the miserable conditions in which they exist in Norway, nor about not so rare exotic wishes of their male patients. However, most of them get utterly confused by the fact that virtually none of their patients wants to even know their names.

It seems that the elderly Norwegians they are looking after (making meals, bathing, talking to them) for many months or even years do not consider Lithuanian women as true human beings – rather as inferior servants, pieces of furniture of some kind. However, we, Lithuanians, do not consider ourselves lesser than any other nation, let alone Norwegians; and we are always ready to pay back with same coin.

This is a typical story about a Lithuanian who came to Norway for the first time: worked (usually as a builder, painter or carpenter) for a Norwegian guy having a verbal agreement for, say, three months and ultimately was not paid for his work.

Most probably, in Norway it is considered normal not to pay to workers in the absence of an official contract. However we, Lithuanians, see such things as simple theft. In our eyes, the circumstance that such employers are citizens of Norway, much richer and more powerful in many other respects does not entitle them to steal the money they owe to Lithuanian workers (even if their verbal contract was not legal) because the latter are just poor foreigners, helpless in a strange country.

Such things strongly influence the attitudes of Lithuanians towards Norwegians. Most Lithuanians come to Norway determined to work hard and earn everything with their honest work. Being deceived and robbed themselves or even finding out about such cases from their compatriots make at least some Lithuanians change their attitudes and future plans in a radical way.

Four children have recently been taken from a Lithuanian family and handed over to a couple of Norwegian lesbians with an explanation that the children were inappropriately raised by their parents. Some other cases have been reported of Norwegian authorities trying to steal Lithuanian children because ‘their parents do not care enough’ or on similar excuses.

We have a different understanding about what parents can and must do with and for their children and what cannot. At any rate, we consider such cases of children confiscation, however justified in legal terms they were, to be outright crimes committed on national grounds, and it makes us perceive you as people who think that they are entitled to steal our children.

It is no secret that Norwegians are descendants of Vikings, probably the bloodiest historical thieves in the history of Europe. However, current Norwegians seem to us to be even worse than their ancestors.

Vikings had few alternatives to stealing as they lived in very poor lands. Modern Norwegians are extremely rich, yet they continue stealing from people who are much poorer than themselves and even steal their children, as modern slaves to their homosexuals.

Your insults do offend us and force us to react accordingly

Norwegians often insult Lithuanians in public. This is a typical example of a joke that Lithuanians can hear from Norwegians, sometimes even at international conferences, seminars, etc. : ‘Oh, you are Lithuanian, I must watch my purse now!’

Quite common are typical oral or written remarks by Norwegians: ‘Lithuania, the country of thieves!’; ‘Lithuanians come to Norway to steal,’ etc. The Internet is full of comments by Norwegians referring to us with words like ‘shit’ (‘dritt’), etc.

Such things do not make us feel ashamed. Quite the reverse, they force us to ignore many standard behavioural constraints when dealing with Norwegians. Our experience provides us with arguments for calling you insensitive and unfair rascals, shameless fraudsters and thieves.

Anders Behring Breivik has told us very much about the future of the Norwegian nation. The media described in detail all the events on the island of Utoya, and many of us, Lithuanians, were greatly surprised by the strange fact that none of those hundreds of Breivik’s victims even tried to resist their lonely hunter.

The masculine young Norwegians did not look like human boys or men. All the time pampered like girls, taught to feel inferior to women, they did not even think of risking their lives to defend the whole group.

Neither the female Norwegians did it. Deprived of their human femininity, the girls of Utoya were already incapable of inspiring the men to defend them; however, they had not yet adopted the archaic male instinct to defend their people, even at the price of their own lives.

As a result, the victims of Utoya did not look human. They reminded rather of a herd of solitary animals or even something worse. The only human-like boy who did not cry like a girl was quickly arrested by the police – of course, he was not Norwegian, most probably a Muslim.

Thus, those young Norwegians – the natural result of your national children pampering and gender policies – did not look like true humans in our eyes; the impression was later reinforced by the view of thousands of dopes singing a children’s song to pester their executioner.

You should rather not be looking for scapegoats

So, there is enough ground to call you, Norwegians, not only unfair racists, insensitive rascals, thieves of money and people, but also a rapidly degenerating nation.

Oil, fish and your other riches make Norway attractive in the eyes of our migrant workers, but they cannot make us respect you. By offending us, you will not make us humbly ashamed. Quite the opposite.

The tragedy of Utoya disclosed the horrible state of your nation. Your gender and child protection policies have turned your youth to a bunch of non-men and non-women. Hundreds of them are incapable of defending themselves even against one real man.

You have a lot to do, but, please, solve your problems yourselves and do not accuse us of them. If you need more children, bear them yourselves, do not steal ours.

I hope, it is not too late yet for peace between us. We, Lithuanians, are quite tolerant and do not look for conflicts. However, we do not give up humbly when somebody tries to humiliate us.

I suppose, you should better honestly admit your mistakes and not look for scapegoats to be blamed instead of yourselves. If Lithuanians commit crimes – put them to prison. But stop stealing our children, stop slandering us as a nation, restore our public image. Do not force us to pay back for the dirty propaganda campaign you are waging against us.

Maybe we still can be friends?

With best regards,
Giedrius Sharkanas

I have sent this letter to ‘Aftenposten’, ‘Aftenbladet’, ‘Dagbladet’, ‘The Norway Post’, and TV2, each with a request to publish it as a reply to their corresponding publication. This is the text of those requests.

Dear ‘Aftenposten’ ( ‘Aftenbladet’, ‘Dagbladet’, ‘The Norway Post’, TV2),

My name is Giedrius Sharkanas. I am Lithuanian, 42, and live in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. (email / mobile)

The Norwegian media have waged a public smear campaign against my nation, Lithuanians, depicting us as thieves and human traffickers. You were also involved in this campaign, as it is obvious from this article of yours: ‘Kripos: Litauen-kriminelle stor trussel mot Norge’ (‘Litauere til Norge for å stjele’, ‘Kriminelle litauere i påfallende mange dystre statistikker, ‘Lithuanian criminals pose a threat to Norway’, Litauiske barn lokket til Norge for å jobbe som tyver).

In the Code of Journalistic Ethics of Lithuania, there is a rule that recommends to publish all the opinions and obliges journalists and newspapers (television companies) to publish replies of the criticised ones and to give them an opportunity to defend themselves. I do not know if there is a similar rule in Norway.

Anyway, I have written an open letter to Norwegians, which can be found further, and I kindly ask you to publish it as my public reply to the whole public campaign of the Norwegian media and concretely to this article (programme) of yours. In this letter I have explained how we, Lithuanians, see Norwegians; I hope it will help us to better understand each other and avoid further escalation of the mutual hostilities that have been arising between our nations in the last couple of years.

I have sent similar letters to four more Norwegian media outlets and have also published this my letter together with the text of my short notification to the Scandinavian media (I have sent it to a couple of hundreds of newspapers) and some additional comments on the Internet. All this can be found here: (here ☺).

With best regards,
Giedrius Sharkanas

Email to the Scandinavian media

Dear all,

I would like to inform you that today I have written an open letter to the people of Norway and sent it to the Norwegian media outlets ‘Aftenposten’, ‘Aftenbladet’, ‘Dagbladet’, ‘The Norway Post’, and TV2 as an open reply to the public offensive against Lithuanians that is being waged in Norway.

My name is Giedrius Sharkanas. I am Lithuanian, 42, and live in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania. (email / mobile)

I am gravely concerned about rapidly growing tension between Lithuanians and Norwegians.

In the last couple of years, many influential Norwegian media outlets have been waging intensive public campaigns against Lithuanians. ‘Dagbladet’, ‘Aftenposten’, TV2, etc. have produced a variety of publications depicting Lithuanians as thieves, human traffickers and criminals of other sorts. As a result, many Norwegians adopted a habit of offending my nation, which can be easily verified on the Internet.

Being constantly mocked at, called ‘thieves’, ‘shit’, etc., we, Lithuanians, have naturally taken offence, and we have got especially interested in the darkest sides of Norway and its people. The Lithuanian media now publish lots of articles stressing the ugliest features of Norwegians.

Now it also looks like that Norwegians have taken on a habit to steal Lithuanian children. Most of the Lithuanians who live in Norway belong to the lowest social strata and are not capable of providing their children with the wealth considered appropriate by the well-off Norwegians. Norwegian authorities seem to use the poverty of Lithuanians as an excuse for taking away their children and handing them over to Norwegian homosexuals. This has enraged most Lithuanians and made many of them regard Norwegians as a despicable nation.

As we and Norwegians are actually becoming true enemies, I decided to start a dialogue that, I hope, could help us better understand each other. I have written an open letter to Norwegians in which I explain how Lithuanians feel when they come to Norway and how we, Lithuanians, see Norwegians in the light of the last developments.

I have just sent this letter of mine to ‘Aftenposten’, ‘Aftenbladet’, ‘Dagbladet’, ‘The Norway Post’, and TV2 as a public reply to their concrete smear articles (television programme) about Lithuanians. According to the Ethical Code of Journalists of Lithuania, all the newspapers and TV channels are obliged to publish the opinions of all the sides and to give the criticised ones an opportunity to defend themselves. I do not know if such a rule exists in Norway.

Anyway, I address my letter to all Norwegians. It is public and easily accessible on the Internet. Although it is not an official position of the Government of Lithuania, I am certain that it represents what many Lithuanians (at least those who express their opinions on the Internet) are feeling towards the people who have developed a habit of humiliating them.

The open letter to Norwegians and the texts of all the other today’s letters an emails of mine can be found here.

With best regards,
Giedrius Sharkanas

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