Jun 24 2012
Norwegian Defence League (NDL) stages rally to protest against pro-Islamic changes to Norway’s constitution
According to the NDL, the purpose of the demonstration was ‘to protest against the Norwegian government changing the constitution to make Islam equal to christianity in Norway and to protest against islamization of Norway and Europe.’
AP OSLO, Norway — Police say the Norwegian Defence League, an anti-Islam organization closely associated with the English Defence League, have held a peaceful rally in the southwestern city of Stavanger.
Saturday’s demonstration opposed a recent parliamentary decision to amend the country’s constitution to separate the state from the church. That means Norway no longer has a state religion and that all religions will be treated equally. Police spokesman Henning Andersen says there were no arrests during the two-hour rally but that some counter protesters were fined for disobeying officers’ orders to leave the area.
Aftenbladet carried an interview with the NDL’s new leader Rune Hauge (Leo Baardsen), who explained that he had organised the demonstration because “I want my descendants to grow up where we still have a democracy, with freedom of expression, and can escape being forcibly converted to Islam to avoid being persecuted – and ultimately killed – due to the fact that Muslims have become a majority.”