American and European Anti-Muslim Activists to Unite in Sweden
Anti-Muslim activists from Europe and the United States plan to converge on Stockholm, Sweden tomorrow for a meeting and demonstration.
Groups like the English Defense League (EDL) and the Swedish Defense League are uniting with American anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller at the meeting. The EDL is a vehemently anti-Muslim group based in Britain that has made a name for itself by staging provocative and at times violent street protests against Islam.
This cross-continent meeting is the latest measure aimed at uniting European and American anti-Islam activists. Earlier this year, as The Guardian reported, a Stop Islamization of Nations (Sion) group was formed to “promote an umbrella network of counter-jihad groups across Europe and the US.”
The Swedish news site The Local has more on this meeting:
The EDL have been invited by a sister group calling themselves the Swedish Defence League (SDL) and Stockholm has been chosen for the rally as it was the scene of a failed suicide bombing in December 2011.
“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.
According to Jonathan Möller at Swedish anti-racism newspaper Expo the various groups are united in their belief that there is an ongoing war between the West and Islam and that this will lead to the introduction of Sharia law in Europe and the US.
“They are going to have a large demonstration... to broaden and deepen, as they put it, the counter-jihad network,” Möller told TV4 on Monday.
According to the group’s own estimates some 200-300 people are to be expected to attend the meeting.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson is listed among the speakers as well as US anti-Muslim bloggers Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.