“We don’t want a flood of asylum seekers, we don’t want Islamization. We want to keep our country with our values. Is that so terrible? Does that make us Nazis? Is it a crime to be a patriot?”- Michael Stuerzenberger, leading German counter-jihadist.
IB Times (h/t Maria J) Fifteen thousand people marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday (15 December) in protest against “asylum cheaters” and the rising “Islamisation” of the West. One of the demonstrators, Michael Stuerzenberger, said that while he is not opposed to the asylum for refugees, “70 percent of people claiming political asylum here are economic refugees. We don’t want to stay silent about this anymore.
Marking a 50% rise in attendance since the demonstration last Monday, the founder of the PatrioticEuropeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), Lutz Bachmann, addressed the protestors saying: “The people are with us! Everywhere now, in every news rag, on every senseless talk show, they are debating, and the most important thing is: the politicians can no longer ignore us!
SMH A new grassroots movement that assails the German government for ignoring its fears of being overrun by Muslims and other immigrants attracted a record 15,000 marchers on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden. The fast-growing movement that calls itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, has drawn support from the far right, as well as some ordinary Germans alarmed by a sharp rise in refugees, many fleeing conflict in the Middle East.
The rallies have spread rapidly across Germany since starting with a social-media appeal in Dresden two months ago. They are now beginning to unsettle the German political establishment, which has spent decades restoring Germany’s image as an open, tolerant country after the devastation of the Nazis.
“The politicians in Germany have lost touch with the people and that’s why they can’t comprehend what’s happening here,” Lutz Bachmann, the 41-year-old gravel-voiced leader of the movement, told marchers from a makeshift stage.
At the rally on Monday, he lashed out at the media for what he said were lies about the movement, eliciting chants of “Luegenpresse! Luegenpresse!” (media lies) from a fired-up group of demonstrators, mostly white men over 40 wearing shabby clothing. Mr Bachmann started PEGIDA in October to protest plans to add 14 centres for roughly 2000 refugees in Dresden.
The number of asylum-seekers in Germany has surged to 200,000 this year, more than any other Western country, due in part to an influx of Syrians. Even though foreigners are scarce in Dresden and the Saxony region compared with other parts of Germany, Mr Bachmann’s protest reverberated and his Monday rallies have grown from a few hundred to 10,000 a week ago and now to 15,000.
Marchers on Monday carried banners reading “Courage for the truth”, “Stop immigrants abusing our social welfare system” and “We miss our country”. They chanted: “If you don’t love Germany, leave it” and “We’re the people” – the slogan used by pro-democracy demonstrators whose marches in eastern cities such as Dresden led to the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.
Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a leading figure in the centre-left Social Democrats, has called the movement a disgrace for the country.
Preferably, to your Islamic country of origin. Muslim parents have reacted angrily in a French town after the mayor announced it was ‘pork or nothing’ for school lunches, under the principles of the secular republic which dictates that religion should have no place in state institutions – including schools.
Breitbart The change came after the catering company that provides meals to the 180 students in the small town of Sargé-lès-Le-Mans in southern France reported difficulties providing alternate meals for the 15 Muslim children on pork-based meal days. Declaring the local school free of religious influence, what in France is known as “laicïté”, or the “principle of Republican neutrality”, the mayor told parents it would from thereon be “pork or nothing”, TheLocal.fr reports.
The decision has upset Muslim parents in the town, who expect alternate meals for their children. One mother, who’s son Tariq told reporters “I need meat, it’s important” said: “Telling a small child that ‘you will eat less today because there’s pork on the menu’ is difficult to comprehend. You feel it is discrimination. (Who cares?)
“You hear comments like, ‘if you don’t like it, take your children home’. It hurts.” (That’s the idea)
After banning the full-face covering burqa in public in 2010, the expense on Halal meals by the French taxpayer has become a significant matter of public discourse, with a number of politicians giving their opinions on the matter. Front National leader Marine Le Pen announced that towns run by the party’s mayors would no longer offer Halal meals.
She told French radio: “We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus… There is no reason for religion to enter into the public sphere.”
Marine Le Pen says schools in towns run by her National Front party will stop serving non-pork alternatives to Muslim children
This year a court in Lyon overturned a ruling that prisons had to serve Halal meals to inmates, claiming that failing to do so harmed a Muslim’s right to practice his religion in prison. The court found because there is a vegetarian alternative, an additional Halal meal was unnecessary.
Halal is big business in France, which has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe. Breitbart London reported in October on a new start-up business created by a twosome of French-Algerian entrepreneurs which could test any food or drink for contents deemed to be Haram in Islam.
“Without Islam, the Netherlands would not be losing $7.2 billion per year on mass Muslim immigration, colonization, welfare, and crime.”
“The Netherlands must be de-Islamised, all mosques must be closed, jihadists must be expelled and never allowed back, and the borders must be closed to people from Islamic countries. The Dutch government must commit itself to repatriation of Muslims back to Muslim countries so we will not be plagued with honor killings, cousin marriages, anti-semitism, homophobia, animal abuse, rampant crime, rape, and welfare spending, not to mention honor killings, cousin marriages and hate preachers.”
h/t Vlad Tepes
Vandals have caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to a proposed mosque site in Padstow in south-west Sydney. The 6,000 square metre industrial site on Enterprise Avenue has become the target of anti-Muslim groups as the factory has been peppered with anti-Islam hate stickers.
Maybe it’s time to find a different location. I hear there are 56 other countries that would be more suitable.
Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman from UMA
ABC Shaykh Shady Alsuleiman from UMA said the incidents were disheartening. “Unfortunately we had a few incidents on that site, a break and enter, vandalism and anti-Islamic stickers stuck on the place and we’re very upset to hear that,” he said. “It was very saddening and disheartening to see that some of the local members were unhappy with the presence of the UMA in Padstow. “It is very unfortunate that the religion has been dragged into this Islamophobia and this backlash within the Padstow community.”
The United Muslims of Australia (UMA) purchased the site in July this year in the hope of turning it into a mosque and multi-purpose community centre. UMA estimated the damage will cost about $50,000 to repair due to severe damage to electrical systems.
“The place has been ransacked, they’ve gone right through and ripped out all the electrical,” UMA operations officer Mohammad Kourouche said. “They’ve ripped out all the power, electricity and generators, they’ve taken the nuts and bolts out of everything and probably caused about $50,000 worth of damage.”
Sweden’s leftist minority government is in crisis after revolt of right wing Sweden Democrats, which other parties oppose because of its strong anti-Muslim immigrant stand. Sweden Democrats aim is to force the collapse of the government by siding with the center-right opposition in the budget vote.
The Guardian (h/t Maria J) ANTI-MUSLIM IMMIGRATION SWEDEN DEMOCRATS force government to call for new elections after gaining decisive victory by voting with opposition. Sweden’s far right plunged the country into unprecedented political upheaval on Wednesday by forcing the government to gamble on fresh elections in the spring after the centre-left coalition failed to push through its budget.
The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, the country’s third largest party with 13% of the vote, portrayed the new elections in March as “a de facto referendum” on immigration, currently at near-record highs as refugees flee conflict in Syria, Iraq and Somalia.
“We will focus entirely on the issue,” said Mattias Karlsson, the Sweden Democrats’ parliamentary group leader.
The right wing forced the crisis to a head when they broke with established tradition and voted with the centre-right opposition instead of abstaining after their own budget proposal had fallen, ensuring the government’s defeat on this key legislation.
In bitter remarks aimed at the centre-right, who had refused to compromise, prime minister Stefan Löfven admitted the Sweden Democrats now had a veto over Swedish politics, leaving him no choice but to call elections just six months after the country went to the polls in September.
“The centre-right parties did not take responsibility for their promise not to give the Sweden Democrats decisive influence in Swedish politics – this is an irresponsible action of these parties and is unprecedented in our political history,” Löfven told journalists on Wednesday evening.
Green party leader Gustav Fridolin said: “We cannot let the Sweden Democrats dictate the terms of politics.”
In a challenge to the centre-right to loosen their unity as a political bloc, the Social Democrats claimed the far right would continue to use their position “to create chaos” as long as the centre refused to negotiate, calling this policy “highly unfortunate and reckless” in a statement on Wednesday.
Here are the Sweden Democrats Youth League marching with a simple sign that says:
“We are also a people
Stop hostility towards Swedes”
It is the first time since 1958 that the country has seen fresh elections. But the political landscape is now radically different from the last century, for most of which the Social Democrats enjoyed stable government as the largest party, even if they were in a minority.
Before Wednesday’s budget vote there had been speculation that Löfven would attempt to defuse the crisis by ejecting the Greens from his government, thereby removing an obstacle to cross-bloc negotiation with centre-right parties. But instead he declared that he “liked the cooperation we have” with the Greens.
“I have felt calm in the last few days, it is a difficult situation but I know what we need to do,” he said.
A scene from a Sweden Democrat TV commercial that was banned as ‘racist’
The ruling red green coalition that has slipped badly in opinion polls, but the Alliance also risks being seen by voters to be relying on the far right to try to undermine the government. The Sweden Democrats are treated as pariahs by the mainstream parties and the media, but they more than doubled their vote in September on the back of rising hostility to immigration.
Liberal daily Dagens Nyheter said in a leader article that the prospects for lasting and stable majorities in Sweden’s parliament appeared to be minimal: “The mainstream parties do not seem to understand each other, and hardly even themselves.”
Speech on Islam in the Swedish Parliament – Richard Jomshof (Sweden Democrat)
“We do not want a foreign and barbaric culture that deprives us of our freedoms. When it comes to Islam, we say enough is enough.”
Dutch MP Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom speaks to a gathering of Front National members, headed by Marine LePen of France. Maybe one day, the United States will again have a leader with the same kind of courage and love of country as these two.