Anti-Islam rally planned by far-right groups in Stockholm
16 Aug 2012 11:52 GMT
 
Stockholm: The west continues to entice the Muslims’ emotions as an anti-Islam rally was planned by a coalition of far-right and anti-Islam groups in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, against the launching of Islamic Shariah law in Europe and the United States of America. By Farhan Iqbal

Stockholm: The west continues to entice the Muslims’ emotions as an anti-Islam rally was planned by a coalition of far-right and anti-Islam groups in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, against the launching of Islamic Shariah law in Europe and the United States of America.

According to an anti-Islam group, they and some other groups are against the introduction of Islamic laws in some European countries and the USA as they perceive it as a threat to the freedom of western laws. Therefore, they planned a mass rally in Stockholm to be held in the end of this week.

The group said while explaining in a statement, “Stockholm was chosen for the Global Counter Jihad rally because of the actions of an Iraqi-born Swedish citizen, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, who travelled to central Stockholm on December 11, 2010 in order to commit mass murder.”

English Defense League (EDL) is the biggest stakeholder in organizing the anti-Islam rally. EDL was invited by a sister group calling themselves the Swedish Defense League (SDL).

Different speakers were invited to address the rally including, English Defense League Leader, Tommy Robinson, as well as US anti-Muslim bloggers, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.

The group’s estimates said that around 200-300 people are likely to attend the meeting.

Jonathan Möller at Swedish anti-racism newspaper said, “They are going to have a large demonstration... to broaden and deepen, as they put it, the counter-jihad network.”

Stockholm rally is not the first to gather anti-Islam groups in Europe. The Swedish rally is the third EDL event for European far-right groups.

Last March, far-right groups from across Europe staged a mass rally in Denmark to stop what they said “Islamification” of the European continent.

The first rally was held in Amsterdam in 2010 in support of Dutch anti-Islam politician, Geert Wilders, who was in court accused of insulting religious and ethnic groups.

The EDL, a far-right group that emerged in 2009, has held numerous protests against what it calls “Islamic extremism” in Britain.

Far-right groups like the EDL and the British National Party (BNP) are playing the card of immigration to encourage sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.

Anti-racist groups in Europe have severely criticized the anti-Islam rally in Stockholm and they are uniting their efforts against the rally’s hate message, the groups were mobilizing counter-demonstration under the slogan “Stop EDL - Breivik’s footsoldiers” in reference to Anders Behring Breivik.

Breivik, described by the police as a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist,” killed at least 76 people in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo last year.

Across Europe, far-right politicians have accelerated their rhetoric against Muslim minorities in recent years.

In the Netherlands, far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders called for banning the Muslim face-veil in the country and stopping immigration from Muslim countries.

In Sweden, the far-right Sweden Democrats suggested to impose suspension on building new mosques in the Scandinavian country.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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