UPDATE: It has come to my attention that part of the text in the post below was incorrect.
Specifically, when I wrote: “Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff did not agree to speak at the event in Aarhus, nor did she discuss her possible attendance at the event with the organizers. In fact, she was never even contacted by the organizers.”
I now know that Elisabeth was in fact contacted by one of the organizers. His name is Steve Simmons, and he represents the English Defence League and the European Freedom Initiative. It was in those two capacities that he contacted Elisabeth.
She and I have just learned that Mr. Simmons is also in charge of the Danish Defence League (or is at least the administrative contact for DDL website), and the DDL is the group organizing the March 31 event in Aarhus.
So what I stated was incorrect. I apologize to Steve Simmons, the Danish Defence League, and EFI for posting inaccurate information. Many thanks to the people who drew the error to my attention.
The rest of what Elisabeth and I wrote is true. In brief:
- At no time did Elisabeth confirm her attendance at the March 31 event in Aarhus.
- Her name was used without her permission in promotional materials for the event.
- Her image was used without her permission in several videos promoting the event.
Once again: The name, photos, and videos of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff should promptly be removed from any materials promoting the Danish Defence League event in Aarhus of March 31. These are being used without her permission. She will not be attending this event.
On March 31, 2012, a group of Counterjihad activists will meet in Aarhus, Denmark for “a public meeting to talk about issues such as Sharia Law, Halal, Immigration and the continuing Islamification of Europe”. The meeting is being sponsored by the European Freedom Initiative and will be hosted by the Danish Defence League.
The event has no website. It does, however, have a Facebook page, and on it you will notice that Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is listed is one of the scheduled speakers.
This information is incorrect.
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff did not agree to speak at the event in Aarhus, nor did she discuss her possible attendance at the event with the organizers. In fact, she was never even contacted by the organizers.
When she learned that her name was being used in promotional materials as a confirmed speaker, she wrote to the contact address for the website displaying the flyer and asked that her name be removed. No response was forthcoming, and the information on the Facebook page has not been updated.
Therefore she has asked me to correct the record here at Gates of Vienna: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff is NOT speaking in Aarhus on March 31, nor will she be attending the event.
Back in early January I was contacted by a member of the English Defence League who asked whether I would tentatively be willing to attend a demonstration in Aarhus in late March.
I checked my calendar and told him that as of that moment, I was available. At no time did I voice an agreement to attend.
In the interval since, I have not heard from anyone involved in organizing this event, nor did I ever agree to attend. In fact, the greater my inability to obtain any reliable information about the event, the more I was certain I would not travel to Denmark.
Additionally, I have asked those who seemed to have contact with organizers to immediately remove my name from posters, flyers, online advertisements and YouTube announcements. As of this writing, my request has not been honored.
The organizers have thus used my name without my approval and without my confirmed attendance.
I will repeat my stand on this demonstration: I will NOT attend the planned demo in Aarhus on March 31, 2012, and have never planned to do so.