Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture (Clash)

The theme for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Culture.  I choose to showcase these recent photos from a culture clash that took place in Oslo. The gypsies have illegally occupied a building called Borgen in Gamlebyen, Oslo. This building is going to be demolished because it’s in the way of a new train route. The owner of the building is the Norwegian State Railways and they needed help from the police to empty the building of its illegal occupants.

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More from yesterdays demonstration

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.

Happy to serve.

Happy to serve.

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).
  • Anti-Sharia

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.

Security Measures
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…)

This was posted under the category News Photos

Police Horses in Snow

Went to capture some photos at a protest demonstration in Gamlebyen, Oslo today.

It was a cold day for both police, journalists, animals and demonstrators.

It was a cold day for both police, journalists, animals and demonstrators.

The police were there and they’d put on their riot gear and brought their horses, but the protest was conducted without any violent episodes. After a couple of hours the protesters returned to their homes, which was very nice for all the police officers & journalists because we all had cold feet.

Freedom of Speech? Only if you agree

An organisation called SIAN (Stop Islamization of Norway) held a demonstration in downtown Oslo on Saturday the 29th of September 2012.  According to the pamphlets distributed at the event they were demonstrating against the special requirements demanded by muslims in Norway, like:

  • New blasphemy laws to to prevent criticism of islam
  • Banks for muslims
  • The desire the connect sharia with Norwegian laws
  • Elderly care centers for muslims only
  • Kindergartens for muslims only
  • Schools for muslims only
  • Muslim food (halal) for muslim prisoners in Norwegian prisons
  • Etc, etc.

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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire

Dramatic fire at Tøyen in Oslo

Dramatic fire at Tøyen in Oslo

I didn’t know what to name this post, but I ended up with a Charles Bukowski quote. Anyway, yesterday there was a dramatic fire in Oslo, so I went to shoot some photos. There are a total of 92 people registered at the address and the police said a total of 38 people were evacuated. Most of the people are elderly and many had to be carried or wheeled out of there. There were no casualties and the fire department quickly extinguished the fire.

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