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‘Anti-Islamic Alliance’ For Europe Flops at First Hurdle

‘Anti-Islamic Alliance’ For Europe Flops at First Hurdle

An attempt by far-right groups to launch an ‘anti-Islamic alliance for Europe’ seems to have flopped, with a rally in Denmark attracting only 200 people. Organizers had predicted 700.

The well-publicized event saw attendees from seven countries outnumbered by both media and counter-protesters several times over.

The rally was organized by the English Defence League (EDL), a far-right street protest movement formed in 2009, who told The Guardian that it “signalled the beginning of a Europe-wide movement against the ‘Islamification of Europe.’”

The rally was held a few weeks before the trial of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who supported the EDL, begins. A lawyer for Breivik said Tuesday that he will call both a Muslim cleric and an anti-Islamic blogger to the stand to refute claims that his client is insane. Breivik denies criminal guilt, saying the attacks last July were part of an anti-Muslim revolution.

Stephen Lennon, head of the EDL, denounced Breiviks violent actions but said “at the same time you cannot brush off millions of people who have concerns against Islam as lunatics.”

Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) secretary Weyman Bennett said that the Euro-leagues would be a new danger for the continent, as people could still remember that the Norwegian Defense League created Breivik.

“The growth of a Euro-league in a time of economic crisis threatens to resurrect fascist street armies such as those that destroyed European democracies in the 1930s.

“The development of this network allows fascists and right-wing populists to share ideas, finance and experience in a way that should worry us all,” Bennett said.

The EDL is also reported to be developing links with right-wing elements within America.

An audit published last month into attitudes and beliefs of British right-wing extremists found ‘significant support’ for planned violent attacks.

Parties touting anti-immigrant and Islamophobic ideas have spread beyond established strongholds in France, Italy and Austria to the traditionally liberal Netherlands and Scandinavia, and now have significant parliamentary blocs in eight European countries.

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11:41AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

More on the idiocy of islam


From Sam Harris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjBjRnhUqA

3:28AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

"Interesting" spin on European history in the article - it wasn't only Fascist street armies destroying democracy. There were plenty of Communist, Socialist, Anarchist etc. street armies out there just as hell bent on overthrowing governments as the Fascists were when the rivals weren't busy fighting each other.

If we look at the conditions in Spain leading up to and during the Spanish Civil War I am not convinced Spain would have been better of if the Republic had won, not that the Fascists were nice, but the other side......
George Orwell wrote about it (Homage to Catalonia) - he went to Spain to fight the Fascists and ended up having to flee the Communists.

And while Zarist Russia wasn't a democracy, I would still call Soviet Russia far worse

4:03PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

muslim brotherhood reverses on promise not to run for presidency of egypt.. taqqa taqqa taqqa.. hey hey ..what's that sound.. everybody look what's goin down....

6:14AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Far right - Far left - equally hideous

6:10AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

So; the EDL is labelled by a cairing group of folks fascist, etc., etc.,... most of what I've seen and read concerning very real fascism (in their faces); in England ; and their rather subdued reaction to it by EDL ... begs the question...God forbid that the shite really hits the fan and "are you kidding me"?
Nice to see a little bit of light come back in France yesterday....Sarcosy Gov't rounding up dozens of muslim chaps for probable (hopeful ) expulsion... a good start... encouraging.

4:20AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

@ Parvez Z: "People in WEST are going crazy as their economy is down the drain they have no jobs as such they have started suffering from some kind of mental illness so they have nothing to do except Islamic bashing"
Wow, project much? Not at all. Those in the west are sick of those who want to transfer the shit from islamic countries into their democratic countries. They're sick of islamic idiots wanting special rights and control that goes against human rights and common sense


"Not knowing that thousand of the western country people are running to Middle East for food and Jobs as they have none and are ready to do anything even follow sharia laws"
And millions flow the other way as well. Most of those who are going to those islamic countries are working for the US military or contractors, businesses and such. Many of them go to ships off the coast which have "all the vices" for the well paid contractor


"Do what ever you like Islam is their to stay"
Hopefully no religion will last much longer when humanity realizes they're all shit and lies

3:26AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Whatever anyone say about religion, try to "Love your neighbour more than yourself" and you will see how difficult that is. Yet, it is still the main answer to all problems on this wonderful planet earth. If we could do that and maintain it, what a wonderful place this will be.
Look at the person/persons sitting, standing next to you. Can you truly love him more than yourself? Can you put his/her best interests above yours?
Not so easy, is it? I still struggle my backside off to even try to do so and I am a very old gal, with many year miles behind me. ;-)

2:36AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

People in WEST are going crazy as their economy is down the drain they have no jobs as such they have started suffering from some kind of mental illness so they have nothing to do except Islamic bashing Not knowing that thousand of the western country people are running to Middle East for food and Jobs as they have none and are ready to do anything even follow sharia laws
Do what ever you like Islam is their to stay

4:45PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

@ AbdulAziz A: The taqiyya master himself is back. Come on bud, lie some more, it's all you're good for besides a few laughs

A "few million" huh? Wow, I guess you pulled that one straight out of your ass after your boyfriend shoved it up there.

Not as many as those that died from the "religion of peace" and the wars between Sunni and Shia and not to forget the oppression too many live under.

So tell us again oh liar extraordinaire what happens when:

A muslim renounce islam in a muslim country

To a woman who refuses to do what her dad tells her to do

Dance bojangles, dance for us

4:35PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I would really like to see the day when people learn to get along with others, not likely to happen in my lifetime or any others.

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