As we reported a couple of weeks ago, a Counterjihad demonstration will take place tomorrow in the Danish city of Aarhus. In just a few hours, members of the English Defence League and other European Defence Leagues will join their hosts from the Danish Defence League in downtown Aarhus.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer reports that the Norwegian police will also be in Aarhus tomorrow, tasked with keeping an eye on the “Islamophobes” of the Norwegian Defence League. A Norwegian MSM article about the event has solicited the “expert” opinion of two prominent Norwegian leftists, at least one of whom is well-known to long-time Gates of Vienna readers.
The Observer remarks:
Note that the Norwegian police are sending representatives to Aarhus to spy on those Norwegians who are taking part in the demo. So much for political freedom in Norway!
Notice also the two ‘experts’ that Dagbladet has chosen to interview. Lars Gule (see Wikipedia) is a former would-be terrorist, and Øyvind Strømmen’s background is in the Norwegian radical Left.
His translation of the article in Dagbladet:
Norwegian police will be present at demonstration in Aarhus
Are going to keep an eye on members of the Norwegian Defence League
(Dagbladet): The Danish Defence League has invited right-wing extremists from all over Europe to join them in a demonstration in Aarhus tomorrow. It is expected that several hundred right-wing extremists will take part in the “anti-Islamic demonstration”.
The leader of the Norwegian Defense League, Ronny Alte, estimates that somewhere between twenty and fifty Norwegian members will be present in Aarhus.
Police assistance from Norway
The head of the organized crime unit in Oslo, Einar Aas, has sent three police officers to Aarhus.
“We follow all the organised groups in Oslo closely, and we have a good dialogue with them. We have decided to send three police officers to Aarhus who have a good knowledge of the various groups and its members. This is just normal police cooperation across the borders and the Danes are benefiting from this,” Aas tells Dagbladet.
The Police commander confirms that the Norwegian police personnel are going to keep an eye on the Norwegian participants and also stay in contact with Danish police authorities. He describes the Norwegian Defence League as a “marginal group”.
“We register that a demonstration is being organized, but we don’t have a specific opinion about it.”
“Immigration hostile stimuli”
Lars Gule, a philosopher and fellow at the University College in Oslo, is the author of the book Traits of Extremism. He believes that the demonstration is “an attempt by right-wing radicals and extreme groups to coordinate their work and strengthen each other.”
“By meeting they exchange experiences and display international co-operation. In addition they want to stimulate immigrant-hostile views in Denmark.”
He believes that populist right-wing and radical political parties are doing “alarmingly well” in elections around Europe.
“They have become part of Europe. Based on surveys we know that voters who support these parties have a genuine fear of losing their cultural identity. This is something we need to take seriously.”
Fear of losing their culture
Individuals with strong anti-immigration views have always had a strong fear of losing their jobs, but this is not the main reason for their rise of these political parties, Gule says.
“The fear that their culture will disappear is for the most part unfounded. We need to get the message across that all cultures change over time. Technology that increases mobility, TV, globalisation processes and cheap flights are important factors for social and cultural change.”
Gule believes that we need to take seriously those political parties that believe that social change is a result of immigration.
“While political parties like the FrP [Progress Party] refer to their immigration policies as strict and fair, they are in reality harsh and unfair.”
Increase in popularity after 9/11
Øyvind Strømmen has written the book entitled The Dark Web about right-wing extremism, counterjihad, and terrorism in Europe. He believes that the anti-Islamic movement has grown stronger after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
“It’s a trend, and although the growth of these groups is miniscule today, it’s alarming that we find the same attitudes in radical right-wing political parties in Europe, and that some of those parties are experiencing a rise in popularity.”
He mentions Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party to prove his point. Wilders’ party has seen a big increase in popularity in the Netherlands.