Yesterday there was a protest in Gamlebyen, Oslo. Some people were protesting against Islam, while some other people were protesting against people protesting against Islam. Here’s some more info, a gallery and a video clip.
Side#1 (The Anti-Muslims):
- Claim that muslims are taking over Europe.
- Believes that most muslims are extremists that hate non-believers.
- Uses their democratic freedom to arrange demonstrations and publicly express their point of view.
- Wants to expel all muslims from Norway/Europe (even the ones that are born and raised here).
- Claim that they are non-violent.
- Claim that all muslims are either violent or that they’re waiting to become the majority before they hijack our democracy.
- Are against the fact that many schools in Oslo have a majority of immigrants (some schools around 90%, but not all of them are muslims).
- Have a dream that society will return to being ethnical white (like it pretty much was all the way up until the end of the 1970’s).
Side#2 (The Anti-Anti-Muslims)
- Claims that Side#1 are racists.
- “Criticism of Islam = racism” (?)
- Claim that Side#1 are friends of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.
- Thinks that freedom of speech is good (but should only apply to those who agree with themselves).
- On multiple occasions they’ve used violence to stop political opponents such as Side#1 and supporters of Israel.
The police sealed off the area to protect Side#1 against Side#2. They put up 2 checkpoints, plus a sealed off area inside the 2 checkpoints where Side#1 could hold their protest.
If we’re not counting the protestors from Side#1, the people inside the police checkpoints consisted of 95% journalists. The rest (5%) were 3 children from the neighborhood, some police officers dressed in civilian clothing, plus a young couple that no-one really knew or seemed to pay much attention to.
Also among the spectators, was a researcher from the College of Oslo (he was there as a researcher – not to express support with Side#1). His name is Lars Gule and he’s a public person that is often used by Norwegian media as an “expert-witness on political extremists and Islam”. Today he’s teaching Islam at the College of Oslo, but in 1977 he was arrested in Beirut on his way to Israel with explosives in his luggage. His plan was to blow up some jews, but his plan was thwarted. (http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Gule).
As you can see from the photos, Side#1 was a tiny bunch of people while Side#2 totally outnumbered them. Even the journalists was close to outnumber Side#1 (and at some point I believe they did).
Many of the residents in the neighborhood had put banners with Oslo and a heart in the windows facing the park where the protest was being held. Someone put up a banner that read “Klosterenga for alle”, meaning ‘Klosterenga for everyone’ (Klosterenga is the name of the park).
Here’s a clip from the protest (sorry about the camera shake, but I don’t have a steady hand, nor enough experience, when it comes to filming…)
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“Thinks that freedom of speech is good (but should only apply to those who agree with themselves” – same issue in Denmark, care about own rights and not about others rights…
The political correctness is a problem all over Scandinavia. Sweden seems to be even worse than Norway and Denmark.
My prayer is that peace will prevail….
There’s always hope…
Eeeek! I say let people believe what they want to believe. What has the world coming to? URGGGHHHH! I want to scream!
Yes, freedom of speech for all.
It’s truly amazing that we haven’t already blown the world to bits.
Yes it is. So far we’ve only managed to blow parts of it to bits…
Thank you for the update. Praying for peace.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Personally I don’t believe in prayers, but still: thanks for your prayers.
Oh, Oslo! Made me smile 🙂 Great update, and your descriptions of the crowd – hoho 😀 I love the numbers that showed up, seems it was a cold day ^__^ he video is showing the demonstration rather nicely too :-p oh, Oslo ❤
Yes, it was a great number: a great number of journalists 😀
When people have enough to eat and shoes on their feet, it is easy to complain about their rights… We have a similar problem here but it is about language and cultural identity – it has been going on for 400 years…
And unfortunately it’ll probably continue for the next 400 years…
Definitely – although eventually intermarriage will give people weird double-barrelled anglo-french last names (like Krausmann-Tremblay) that will confuse everyone enough to give up such silliness!
Intermarriage is definitely the best and most effective way of integrating and learning about new cultures.
A good job with the video too CG 🙂 I wish I could understand what they were saying. Thank you for showing us what’s going on ….
You don’t miss out on a lot. Here’s a translation:
1:31: guy screaming “Shut the fuck up” to the anti-islam demonstrators.
1:54: anti-freedom of speech demonstrators shouting “no racists in our streets”
2:30: anti-freedom of speech demonstrators shouting “no racists in our streets”
2:55: A guy from Polish Defence League speaking English
3:23: anti-freedom of speech demonstrators shouting “middle finger, middle finger, where are you? Here I am, here I am, hello, hello, hello.”
3:43: anti-freedom of speech demonstrators shouting “no racists in our streets”
3:58: anti-freedom of speech demonstrators shouting “middle finger, middle finger, where are you? Here I am, here I am, hello, hello, hello.”
4:10: anti-freedom of speech woman shouting “the park is ours, get out of here”.
😀 😀 I appreciate this CG 😀 Takk 🙂
Great atmosphere in these shots CG.
The photos and the video are really good, I think.
Glad you like them George.