Over the past few decades the European Left has perfected the art of intimidating its political opponents.
To force one’s ideological adversaries to surrender and slink away, it is necessary to field a credible deterrent force to accompany any verbal exhortations. For that reason, respectable far-Left socialist organizations and parties can count on rag-tag gangs of bully boys to do the dirty work of intimidation. In Britain, Hope not Hate and the Labour Party rely on the street thugs of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) to make life difficult for anyone who dares to question the Multicultural agenda. In Sweden, EXPO and the Socialists have Antifa (“anti-fascists”) conveniently to hand to rough up “fascists” and burn their property.
The Antifas are in fact widespread across northern Europe, and reliably appear whenever any group even slightly right-of-center gathers in large numbers. They rain missiles down upon the crowd, vandalize property, and harass the police. All leftist NGOs and Socialist parties depend on them, yet all can plausibly deny any connection with the storm troopers and their violent shenanigans.
Property owners are well aware of what they face if they host a conservative event on their premises. “Islamophobes” draw the most vicious opposition; any large crowd of Islam-critics is almost certain to face a violent response from the 21st century’s legions of brown-shirts.
All venue owners are familiar with the “anti-fascist” modus operandi: large crowds of “students” will rain fireworks down upon their “fascist” targets, attack the police, set fire to waste bins, overturn cars, break windows, and otherwise cause chaos and mayhem. In addition to the loss of income and the cost of repairs, a business may find its liability insurance policy canceled, or renewed only after a stiff premium increase. To add insult to injury, in some jurisdictions the police may present the venue and the event’s organizers with a bill for police overtime and other costs incurred by the municipality in suppressing the thugs.
So it’s no wonder that venue owners cancel events at the first hint of Islam-critical involvement. The Antifas make sure the event’s hosts are aware of what is coming by very publicly announcing their intentions and rallying the storm-troops. The “anti-fascists” project upon their intended targets their own characteristics of violent intolerance, and property owners react out of well-placed fear of what they are likely to face.
This is exactly what happened in anticipation of the visit by Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll to Denmark and Sweden. The venue in Malmö canceled a few days ago, and the venue in Copenhagen, upon being notified about what happens to anyone who dares to give the EDL a platform, has just followed suit.
The following article with the latest on these events was originally published yesterday in Dispatch International:
Dispatch International denied freedom of assembly after hate campaign
by Maria Celander
Self-styled “anti-fascists” are doing all they can to prevent English Defence League leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll from speaking in Sweden and Denmark. First Folkets Hus in Malmö canceled the organizers’ booking, now the Odd Fellow Hall in Copenhagen has backed down.
“I know what you want, the same as all the other damned journalists that have called and wasted my time. I had my whole evening ruined because of this. I was to host a dinner for 200 guests and had to spend the whole night on this,” says an exhausted Göran Kryhl, CEO of Folkets Hus in Malmö, when Dispatch International calls.
DI: I see, but couldn’t you tell me what you said to the other journalists?
“That we don’t have the same ideology as they have and don’t stand for what they stand for.”
DI: But we have freedom of assembly in Sweden?
“They can have whatever meetings they want, but not when they hide behind something else as they did here.”
DI: What do you mean by hide? In what way did they hide?
“You know what, I’m tired of this. I don’t want to talk any more. Have a good one.”
Freedom of assembly and of speech is inscribed in both the Danish and Swedish constitutions. But that is of no consequence for certain groups known as “antiracist”. They have taken it upon themselves to meet people with other opinions by throwing eggs, stones and pieces of firework, heckling and as in this case by pure sabotage.
Under the slogan “No platform for racism!” the Danish Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) — the equivalent of AFA in Sweden — urged to its followers to call and mail the Odd Fellow Hall in Copenhagen to force it to cancel the meeting which Dispatch International and the Swedish Free Press society has announced with EDL leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll on September 29.
“Do you also think that it is a damned filthy business that the Odd Fellow lodge has rented its hall to racists? Call them at 33 11 27 78 or send them a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The two racists were originally to speak in Malmö the day before but now anti-fascists have managed to get them thrown out. Let’s do the same in Copenhagen!” writes Antifa on its website.
And sure enough, the next day the Danish Free Press Society — which by the way had nothing to do with the arrangement — received a mail from Jimmy Lora Perez, who is in charge of bookings at the Odd Fellow Hall:
“Over the past few days we have received mails and calls regarding your arrangement on September 29, where it is reported that there will be guest speakers from the English Defence League. This has elicited a number of negative comments which we have to relate to. For this reason it has been decided after consultation with management of the Odd Fellow Hall that we cannot host this arrangement as we believe it will give rise to much negative publicity regarding our activities. We hope can find another venue for your arrangement and your deposit will of course be refunded in full. I’m very sorry and hope you understand.”
Ingrid Carlqvist, President of the Swedish Free Press Society, is saddened by this development but has by no means given up.
“It is indeed appalling that an openly violent and menacing organization like Antifa/AFA can frighten people by claiming that the English Defence League operates by means of threats and violence, which is not at all the case. It is also a sad realization that enemies of free assembly and speech that have long operated in Sweden now appear to be active in Denmark. But we will not give up. We are in the process of finding new venues. However, we will keep them secret until the day the meeting is to take place,” says Carlqvist.
Hat tip: Steen.