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…)
This was posted under the category News Photos
Went to capture some photos at a protest demonstration in Gamlebyen, Oslo today.
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.
Finally WordPress posted their Weekly Photo Challenge. This week the theme is “Arranged”. So, here’s a photo from a demonstration in Oslo, Romeo – all lined up: