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Tuesday, Dec 23 , 2014 ( Rabi Al-Awaal, 1436)

Updated:10:00 PM GMT

Anti-Islam Far-Right Unites in Stockholm

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Anti-Islam Far-Right Unites in Stockholm
The planned rally drew fierce criticism from anti-racist groups in Europe.

CAIRO – A coalition of far-right and anti-Islam groups are planning a mass rally in Stockholm on Saturday against a so-called war between Islam and the west  and to stop what they said the introduction of Shari`ah law in Europe and the US.

“Stockholm was chosen for the Global Counter Jihad rally because of the actions of an Iraqi-born Swedish citizen, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, who travelled to central Stockholm on December 11, 2010 in order to commit mass murder,” a group associated to the meeting explained in a statement, The Local newspaper reported.

The protest planned by the English Defence League would be held on Saturday in Stockholm as it was the scene of a failed suicide bombing in December 2011..

The EDL have been invited by a sister group calling themselves the Swedish Defence League (SDL).

The meeting is expected to draw different speakers including; English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as well as US anti-Muslim bloggers Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.

According to the group’s own estimates some 200-300 people are to be expected to attend the meeting.

“They are going to have a large demonstration... to broaden and deepen, as they put it, the counter-jihad network,” Jonathan Möller at Swedish anti-racism newspaper Expo told TV4.

Stockholm rally is not the first to gather anti-Islam groups in Europe.

The Swedish rally is the third EDL event for European far-right groups.

Last March, far-right groups from across Europe staged a mass rally in Denmark to stop what they said "Islamification" of the European continent.

The first rally was held in Amsterdam in 2010 in support of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, who was in court accused of insulting religious and ethnic groups.

The EDL, a far-right group that emerged in 2009, has held numerous protests against what it calls “Islamic extremism” in Britain.

Far-right groups like the EDL and the British National Party (BNP) are playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.

Rejected

The planned rally drew fierce criticism from anti-racist groups in Europe.

Uniting their efforts against the rally’s hate message, the groups were mobilizing counter-demonstration under the slogan “Stop EDL - Breivik’s footsoldiers” in reference to Anders Behring Breivik.

Breivik, described by the police as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist", killed at least 76 people in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo last year.

Across Europe, far-right politicians have accelerated their rhetoric against Muslim minorities in recent years.

In Britain, far-right groups like the English Defence League and the British National Party are playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.

The EDL, a far-right group that emerged in 2009, has held numerous protests against what it calls “Islamic extremism” in Britain.

In the Netherlands, far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders called for banning the Muslim face-veil in the Netherlands and stopping immigration from Muslim countries.

In Sweden, the far-right Sweden Democrats unveiled plans to impose a moratorium on building new mosques in the Scandinavian country.

New groups were also appearing in Denmark after English Defence League leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon held the inaugural meeting of a Europe-wide network of defense leagues in Oslo two weeks ago.

Another group, Women Against Islamization, was founded in Belgium last month whose launch was addressed by Jackie Cook, the wife of BNP leader Nick Griffin.

US neo-conservative and evangelical groups were also beginning to share resources with the leagues as images of EDL demonstrations were already used at Tea Party movement fundraising.

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Global Anti-Islam Far-right Network Grows
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Far-right Surge Shocks France

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