Sunday, 24 February 2013
Copenhagen: Duelling demonstrations lead to arrests

From the Copenhagen Post

Over 30 participants in a counter-demonstration against anti-Islam group arrested Saturday in Copenhagen.

The Anti-Muslim organisation Stop Islamisation of Denmark (SIAD) held a march Saturday morning in support of the city's Jewish population, which has reported increasing levels of discrimination.

While only a few dozen SIAD supporters attended, hundreds of demonstrators from anti-fascist networks turned out for a counter-demonstration against SIAD, who they accuse of capitalising on the discrimination of Jews in order to promote a racist agenda.
Participants in the counter-demonstration attempted to approach the SIAD demo, which caused police to block off Dronning Louises Bridge and Frederiksborggade. Some of the counter demonstrators fired off maroons and roman candles and 32 of the anti-fascist demonstrators were arrested.
All credit to the Copenhagen Post for reporting that the arrests were of the 'anti-fascists' who used fireworks to prevent peaceful protest. If you read the BBC report on the EDL demonstration in Cambridge yesterday you would not know that an Cambridge Unite Against Fascism supporter was arrested for hitting a policeman with a missile.
Posted on 02/24/2013 6:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
24 Feb 2013
Hugh Fitzgerald

Those who demonstrated against those demonstrating in support of Danish Jews being harassed by Muslims are described, unironically, as belonging to "anti-fascist" groups? The Copenhagen Post needs to rethink its mindless acceptance of such epithets. Almost any group that today calls itself "anti-fascist" is  likely to be fascist.

24 Feb 2013
Christina McIntosh

 If the report is to be believed, then it says 'a few dozen SIAD' were demonstrating against the Muslim Jew-haters, whilst those supporting the Muslim Jew-haters numbered in the hundreds.

Denmark will be saved once the number of SIAD demonstrators exceeds that of the mindless janissaries of Jihad.

In Australia, it bodes well for us that both in Melbourne and in Sydney the number of sensible people turning up to hear Geert Wilders - having paid something like $66 (Australian currency) for a ticket - outnumbered that of the shrieking, wild-eyed janissaries of jihad, outside, by a factor of about 4 or 5 to 1.

Think 500+ guests inside the venue listening intelligently, versus 100 screaming idiots outside.

I think SIAD needs to do some work for a month or two, intensively networking and organising, to make sure that their next demo - there ought to be another one, soon - has at least 200 people and preferably more.

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