Thousands Mobilise Against Planned anti-Islam Denmark Demo


02 April 2012

By Juan Cole

Several thousand people turned out for an open-air concert in Denmark's second city of Aarhus on Wednesday to protest against a far-right anti-Islam rally planned for March 31, officials said.

Aarhus city officials said they organised the concert as a way of showing the city's tolerance and because "Aarhus does not want to be associated with extremist groups" that represent "everything we want to distance ourselves from." Around 5,000 people attended Wednesday's concert, a spokesman for the mayor's office said.

Far-right groups from across Europe are scheduled to meet in Aarhus on March 31 for an anti-Islam rally organised by the Danish Defence League, a sister organisation of the English Defence League.

A spokesman for the Danish group, Philip Traulsen, said the programme for the meeting had not been confirmed but that it would deal with "the obvious problems caused by radical Islam." In an email to AFP, he said some 300 to 1,000 people were expected to attend the rally, which he said would "probably be the biggest anti-Islam demonstration on Danish soil."

A counter-demonstration organised by the group "Aarhus for Diversity" was to be held at the same time in the town of 315,000 people, located on the Jutland peninsula north of Germany.

Local police, who have requested reinforcements, "will be present en masse", eastern Jutland police official Mogens Broendum said. But shopowners have expressed concern and a number of restaurants have already indicated they plan to close on the day of the rally, he said.

Racist Thugs Spat On Four-year-old Girl And Beat Up Her Mother In A Sickening Attack In Her Corner Shop by Leon Watson (Daily Mail)

Racist thugs spat on a four-year-old girl and brutally beat her mother in a sickening attack.

Saly Chowdhury was left with a black eye and facial injuries after two men and a woman tried to steal two boxes of crisps from her shop, the Hendon Valley Stores in Sunderland.

The incident took place on last Friday at 4.40pm when the mother-of-four ran out of the shop after the thieves and accidentally locked herself outside.

When the trio started hurling racist abuse at her, she fled to her home nearby.

But they caught up with her and spat on her four-year-old daughter Ousha, shoved her seven-year-old daughter against the wall and thumped her 13-year-old daughter in the face.

The gang then turned their attentions to Saly, 31, punching her in the face, tearing out chunks of her hair and choking her with her scarf.

Saly, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, managed to free herself and get herself and her children inside to safety.

And just 12 hours later the mum-of-four was back behind the shop counter, determined not to let the vicious thugs get the better of her.

Saly, who refuses to sell alcohol in her store, said: ‘I had to close my shop
on Friday and I lost business.

‘I'm not letting them do that to me again. It was scary and it's worrying going back to work but there is no need for this behaviour.

‘I have many great customers who know me and I know them. If this is all about stealing, then please speak to me first and we can see if something can be sorted out.

‘The problem of people coming in here and stealing things is getting worse and worse.'

Northumbria Police yesterday said the incident ‘simply won't be tolerated'.

An investigation into the attack has been launched and is being treated as
racially aggravated.

Sergeant Tom Connor, who covers the area, said: ‘This type of behaviour is despicable.

 

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