Our Flemish correspondent VH has translated a report from Elsevier about today’s events in Cologne:
Cologne: Demonstration against Islamization prohibited
The police in Cologne at the last minute prohibited a meeting against Islamization. The security in the city is paramount, said the police. The local group Pro-Köln wanted to hold an anti-Islamization Congress Saturday, for which they invited like-minded people from different countries.
Because of this, the police on Saturday also kept an eye on the Dutch and Belgian border west of Cologne, German media reported.
According to the police in Cologne, due to the meeting that is taking place in the center of the city, citizens’ safety is in jeopardy. However, it seems more plausible that opponents of the Congress are causing the insecurity.
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Already on Friday there were riots in which extreme leftist and “autonomous” demonstrators agitated against the congress, and initiated an attack on visitors to the meeting against Islamization.
Encroachment of Islam
Pro Köln states that action needs to be taken against the encroachment of Islam that threatens the Western and Christian culture of Europe. For example, the group is strongly opposed to the planned construction of a large mosque in Cologne. The colossal prayer house will get two minarets, each 55 meters high. There are at least 120,000 Muslims in Cologne [out of a total population of circa 995,000].
Saturday morning though, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the center of the city. They wanted to block the anti-immigration festivities at the Cologne Heumarkt.
The Christian Democrat [CDU] mayor Fritz Schramma apparently wanted the same. In a speech on Saturday morning he told the counter-demonstrators not to have a very high opinion of the visitors to the happening of Pro-Köln.
VH says, “I just a minute ago read what the CDU mayor of Cologne Fritz Schramma really said to his ‘Anti-Fascist’ and Autonomous Warrior friends on Kölnische Rundschau.”
“Diese braunen Biedermänner sind in Wahrheit Brandstifter, Rassisten im bürgerlichen Zwirn, subtile Angstmacher”, warnte er vor mehreren tausend Gegendemonstranten. “Dieser verfaulten Clique des Eurofaschismus, diesen Haiders und Le Pens und wie sie alle heißen, rufe ich zu: Da ist der Ausgang, da geht’s nach Hause!”
“These brown Biedermänner [Bieder-men, a smear word for conservative people from the southern hinterland of Germany] are in reality arsonists, racists in bourgeois outfits, subtle fear mongers,” he warned in front of thousands of [Leftist] demonstrators. “This dirty clique of Euro fascists, these Haiders and Le Pens [who wasn’t even planning to attend the Congress] and whatever their names may be, I call to them: There is the exit, that’s the way back home!”
According to Deutsche Welle, “the mayhem also hit rail links. A signal box on the edge of town was set on fire in the early morning by persons unknown, forcing the closure of a main line for several hours and the diversion of 12 national express trains.”
The Independent reported that “Germany’s council of Muslims called the conference an unparalleled abuse of freedom of opinion.”