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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 30 July 2011, 13:19
An amazing 9,500 people have now written messages in our Book of Condolence for the Norway massacre. It will be great if we can reach 10,000 by the end of the weekend. If you've already signed it then please encourage your friends to, if you haven't then please add yours here:
We will be presenting copies of this book of condolences to the Norwegian Embassy in London and to the youth section of the Norwegian Labour Party next week.
Posted: 30 Jul 2011 | There are 24 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 30 July 2011, 12:40
So former leading EDL activist Paul Ray issued a public apology for 'inspiring' Anders Breivik in the Times yesterday. From his new home in Malta he said: "I am being implicated as his mentor. I definitely could have been his inspiration. It looks like it."
I'm sorry I just don't buy it. Yes, he uses the name Lionheart and shares a similar anti-Muslim ideology and attachment to the Templars to Breivik but there's where the connection ends.
There is nothing to suggest that Breivik gave any attention to his blog and it is certainly not referenced in his 1,500 page manifesto. He does refer to a Richard the Lionhearted while Ray's blog is Richard the Lionheart.
Furthermore, only a couple of days ago Ray dismissed any notion that he was 'Richard' and instead pointed the finger at Alan Lake, the man helped set up the EDL. Lake denied the claim.
I'm guessing that Ray, who now leads a lonely life in Malta, simply decided to capitalise on the publicity. Indeed, he makes such a point in his interview in The Times, "He has given me a platform and a profile."
On a separate issue, there is now a belief that the second man the Norwegians are searching for might have used a false name. An extensive search for Kristoffer Danielssen, and his cousin who also claimed to be a co-director in Breivik's eco-farm business, in Gothenburg have come to nothing. Questions still remain though. It is believed that the Facebook claim about the eco-farm appeared before the Breivik's business was in the public domain. It is also clear that this page was not set up by Breivik as it had been altered since his arrest and eventually taken down.
Posted: 30 Jul 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 30 July 2011, 08:47
The Norwegian authorities are looking for a second man who claims to have co-owned the ‘eco-farm’ project that Anders Breivik used to collect the bomb making materials.
Searchlight can reveal that the man goes under the name Kristoffer Danielssen, is a nazi sympathiser and claims to be from Gothenburg in Sweden. His Facebook page claimed that he was co-director of Geofarm Breivik and carried the same John Stuart Mills quote ("One person with belief is equal to the force of 10,000 who have only ideas.") as used by Breivik on Twitter on 17 July.
He counts amongst the people who inspire him British fascist Oswald Mosley, Ferenc Szalasi, the leader of the National Socialist Arrow Cross party in Hungary during WW2, and the late Serbian paramilitary leader Arkan.
The authorities have considered that the name is just another smokescreen by Breivik himself but his Facebook page was changed twice since the bombings and has subsequently been taken down. In the hours following the attack the Norwegian security police contacted their Swedish counterparts asking for help to locate Danielssen. Both are refusing to discuss this matter with the media.
On Thursday I posted that Breivik claimed he lived in Sweden in late 2008 and was a member of a Swedish nazi internet forum in early 2009. This, along with his postings on numerous other far-right and anti-Muslim websites, seem to suggest that he had more connections than previously thought. He might have carried out the bombing alone but he was clearly influenced and motivated by the far right and anti-Muslim propaganda he read.
Posted: 30 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 28 July 2011, 16:55
Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik once offered his personal feelings on the state of the world during a series of postings on several far right and anti-Muslim websites, including Stormfront, Gates of Vienna, enationalist and Nordisk.
In a posting on Stormfront in 2008, Breivik described it as “ironic” that in his words, “the only three racially pure countries in the world are Japan, Korea and Taiwan”. He then went on to give a breakdown on the racial and ethnic make up of several European countries, a piece of work he says took “25 hours to create/research”.
Breivik made his postings on the British section of the forum in October of 2008, claiming that he was living in Sweden and was writing a book “about the Islamification of Europe and how to cope with these upcoming problems”.
Stormfront is the world’s most important white supremacist internet forum used by neo-Nazis from across the globe. It is run by Don Black, a hardline neo-Nazi and a former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the US Nazi Party.
Complaining that the right wing in Europe and the US was “fractured”, Breivik wrote about how he hoped the various groups “can try and reach a consensus regarding the issue” which he saw as being the “Islamification of Europe/US”. He wanted these united groups to “overthrow the governments which support multiculturalism”.
Recommending a series of groups he hopes can deal with “60 MILLION Muslims in western and Eastern Europe” he also claims that Britain or Denmark will be the first western countries to face “civil war due to Muslim immigration”.
Unsurprisingly, these views are not too dissimilar to those of BNP leader Nick Griffin who has often claimed that there will be a “civil war” in this country as a result of a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims. Breivik then links to a series of far-right websites, mainly BNP ones that he approves of, including the blogsite of the BNP’s former deputy and current press officer Simon Darby.
Breivik also posted on the anti-Muslim Gates of Vienna blogsite, again in the autumn of 2008. In them he takes to task leading anti-Muslim bloggers, such as Fjordman, who is quoted extensively in Breivik’s manifesto and is a supporter of the EDL. Breivik agrees with their critique of Islam and its threat to Western Europe but he believes that their suggested solutions are not enough to save the West. Addressing Fjordman’s view that immigration into Europe should be halted, Breivik writes: “anti-immigration laws/closed borders will only delay a Muslim takeover at best. Even in areas with a poor living standards/weak economies (like Kosovo was) they will outbreed non-muslims. It will only take them a few more decades.”
Instead, he calls for the forced deportation of those Muslims already here and criticises leading anti-Muslim bloggers, such as Dr. Pipes, Fjordman, Bat Ye’or, as they were “scared to propagate a conservative revolution and armed resistance”.
He added: “Why haven’t you or any of the other current authors on the Eurabia related issues/Islamisation of Europe (Fjordman, Spencer, Ye`or, Bostom etc.) brought up the “D” word? I assume because it is considered a fascist method in nature, which would undermine your/their work? Why would it undermine their efforts when it is the only rational conclusion, based on the above argument? As far as I know, it’s not illegal in Europe to suggest deportation as a future method when discussing future hypothetical World Orders (correct me if im wrong though, Im not 100% sure, lol)!?”
He made a similar criticism in his 1,500 manifesto: “The reason why authors on the Eurabia related issues/Islamisation of Europe - Fjordman, Spencer, Ye’or, Bostom etc. aren’t actively discussing deportation is because the method is considered too extreme (and thus would damage their reputational shields). This would un-doubtfully undermine their work and probably disallowing them to publish any future books. However, the warning about Islam has been repeated for more than two decades and it is apparent that 40 more years of dialogue, without action, would have a devastating effect on Europe. If these authors are to scared to propagate a conservative revolution and armed resistance then other authors will have to.”
Several of the anti-Muslim bloggers referenced by Breivik in his postings and in his manifesto have supported the EDL. These include Fjordman, Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch blog), Edward S May (Gates of Vienna) and Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs). As recently as 19 July, just three days before the massacre in Norway, an article written by Fjordman appeared on the EDL website. He ended it by writing: “I see brave people, ordinary men and women, who after years of humiliation and degradation are finally sick and tired of having to watch evil groups and organizations from other parts of the world being allowed to colonize their country and destroy their freedom, with barely a peep of protest from the local authorities. From that perspective, the EDL represents the only good news to come out of the repressive and dysfunctional country known as modern Britain in years. The organization has even inspired similar groups in other parts of Western Europe.
“I don’t know what the EDL will amount to in the future, but right now it represents potential and hope. That’s why I support the efforts of the EDL, and that’s why you should do so, too.”
In 2009, Breivik also registered as a member of Nordisk (Nordic), which has more than 22,000, mainly Scandinavian, members. Discussions on the forum range from White Noise music (Nazi / skinhead music) to political strategies for obliterating democracy.
Nordisk (Nordic) was launched in 2007 and was a rapid hit with nationalists in Sweden. Members span from high-ranking members of the Sweden Democrats, a nationalist party with seats in the Swedish parliament to leading members of the nazi movement and to unhinged psychopaths. What unites the whole lot is a hatred of immigration and immigrants. Subjects are generally discussed in a racist manner and have included discussions about the book The Turner Diaries, a novel that has served as a terrorist manual, was labelled the “terrorist bible” by the FBI and served as a direct inspiration for the Oklahoma bombing of 1995 in which 168 people were slaughtered. Nordisk is described as a portal “themed with Nordic identity, culture and tradition”. The forum was established by the Nordiska Förbundet (Nordic League) organisation, founded in 2004 by members of the right-wing extremist National Democrats and the hardcore nazi Swedish Resistance Movement.
Some of its members openly incite violence. In March 2010, for example, an anonymous user wrote: “Cars parked next to large buildings with fertilizer + diesel give a nice blast. Skyscrapers go down like the World Trade Centre towers. I haven’t said anything about killing. You'll hope the buildings are empty, and if not so, too bad...I don’t understand why people don’t realise that we have to wage war. The top politicians in government, who live in nice areas a long away from the immigrant threat, have decided that “wogs” can come here and live on our soil. In our society. Take advantage of what our forefathers have built up for us. In my world, nothing you do to these monsters is immoral.”
The language of the far-right is the language of hate. In the modern internet age people are less likely to join organisations but instead flit between groups, causes and campaigns with a much looser affiliation. This is what Breivik appears to have done. It is clear he read, digested and disseminated information on a wide range of neo-nazi, nationalist and anti-Muslim forums. Breivik went down a terrorist path but he shared a common ideology and hatred with the likes of the BNP and EDL.
Posted: 28 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 28 July 2011, 15:59
We've identified most of the UK people who received the email from Breivik shortly before he carried out his massacre and most seem to be connected to the Stop Islamification of Europe (SIOE) and the BNP. There are fewer obvious EDL supporters amongst them, though one is Bill Baker, who recently wrote of the events in Norway: "His actions were great, his targets were wrong."
The BNP people on the list seem to be high ranking party officials and activists while the SIOE names seem to be younger supporters.
Posted: 28 Jul 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 12:30
It is interesting how some in the media have been quick to seize on the interview given to the BBC by the Norwegian domestic intelligence chief Janne Kristiansen to say that Anders Breivik had no links with far-right extremists.
But if you listen to Kristiansen’s actual words she says something slightly different. She told the BBC: “We don’t have indications that he has been part of a broader movement or that he has been in connection with other cells or that there are other cells.”
She was not saying that he had no contact with other extremists, just that he was acting alone and was not part of a wider conspiracy.
Yesterday we revealed that Breivik had exchanged messages with leading EDL supporters in March 2011.
Posted: 27 Jul 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 11:13
Nine thousand people have so far written in our Book of Condolence we set up a couple of days ago in memory of those who lost their lives in Norway. I’ve been going through some of them this morning and they are deeply moving and reflect the mood of sympathy and support of the British nation. We’ll be handing in copies of the book to the Norwegian Embassy in London and the Youth Section of the Norwegian Labour Party.
You can add your name and message here:
In the meantime here are a few of the 9,000 messages sent in.
Congratulations to the people of Norway for refusing to get drawn into anger and hatred but fighting hate with hope, standing firm together and reaffirming your democratic principles.
Having lived and worked in Oslo, you are often in my thoughts. Never more so than now.
I grieve for humanity with you - but you have indeed shown us the way as you have responded to this awful situation. Hope - not hate is the way.
So terribly sad that so many innocent young people died on the island. Our thoughts are with the bereaved Norwegian families. Truly we are all Norwegian today.
It's impossible to be eloquent in the face of such barbarity, but the thoughts of millions around the world are with the bereaved and with all the decent people of Norway. Your commitment to openness and democracy remains a beacon which must not be extinguished.
Ann, north London
I am Norwegian, living in Spain, and I just feel terrible,This is all so unreal, but Norway is such a strong, good country, til alle beroerte i Norge:jeg tenker og foeler med dere.
What a tragedy, what a waste of young lives, futures, lost hopes and dreams and for what? The only possible united response to this cowardly act of murder, it is that people will stand together against such ignorance and hatred - Today we are indeed all Norwegian
'Respect' from West Kilbride, Scotland. "I am Scottish, I am Norwegian"
Brian, West Kilbride
My thoughts are with you and the brave young people. We will keep working to ensure that the murderer's aims are defeated
As a member of the Uk Labour Party I want to express my solidarity with the Norwegian people. My thoughts and sympathies are especially with the parents and families of so many young people, full of hope, idealism and promise who have had their lives cruelly ended. Together, across the nations people must stand up for the freedom to have a multicultural society and to stand against hatred and bigotry.
My father was in Norway in 1940 to help fight the Nazis and in his name I send my sympathy and support.
Posted: 27 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 00:54
Over the past few days the name of the alleged EDL member Daryl Hobson has been mentioned in various media outlets in connection with claims that the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik met members of the English Defence League and visited the UK in 2010 to take part in EDL demonstrations.
Viewers of last night's BBC flagship programme Newsnight will have seen EDL leader Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) tell the interviewer Jeremy Paxman that he (Lennon) did not know who Daryl Hobson was and that Hobson was merely a "random" member of the EDL's Facebook group.
Lennon made a number of other claims that the BBC decided not to challenge.
Well, pictured above is a photograph of Lennon with the Hobson himself. Yes, the "random" and allegedly unknown to Lennon, Daryl Hobson.
Lennon is reported to be charging sections of the media £50 for an interview. Let's hope it is on a sale or return agreement. Based on this evidence, he is selling faulty merchandise.
Posted: 27 Jul 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 25 July 2011, 17:38
Sarah Brown, the wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has just signed our condolence book and urged her one million followers to do the same.
You can add your name here:
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 25 July 2011, 14:48
We have had a remarkable response which makes me very proud to be part of the global movement against extremism. In the last three hours over 3,500 people have signed the HOPE not hate condolence book. People across the country are re-tweeting the link and more then 19 people are signing the book every minute. This show of solidarity is exactly why I do my job.
You can add your name and message here:
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 | There are 7 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 25 July 2011, 13:09
There is a story running on BBC News 24 claiming that we are saying that there is no link between Breivik and the EDL. I have no idea where the BBC got this claim from but it wasn't from us. We know of some links. We've just released this statement to the media.
"The anti-fascist group Searchlight are appalled at the atrocities that occurred on Friday in Norway and have today launched an online book of condolence. Anders Behring Breivik clearly has some links with UK extremist groups and over the next days, weeks and months the details of these will emerge.
Searchlight has found some links between Breivik and the British far right and will be revealing these shortly.
The events in Oslo and Utoeya Island demonstrate how dangerous far right extremism is and that we must all continue to be vigilant in the fight between against extremism of all forms.
"Searchlight welcome the Government's renewed focus on right wing extremism and hope that they and the Police will start to take organisations like the EDL seriously. In particular we urge the authorities to classify the EDL as a far right extremist group, something which it is not do at present."
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 25 July 2011, 09:12
It's been a very busy weekend. The appalling events in Norway have meant that we have had to rewrite large sections of Searchlight but I can promise readers that it will be a blinder. In addition to reporting from Norway, we will also be revealing more details about Anders Behring Breivik's UK links.
Yesterday I did an interview with Sky while my colleague Matthew Collins spoke to the BBC. Here is an article I wrote for today's Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/07/25/we-need-to-remain-vigilant-about-the-far-right-in-the-uk-115875-23295131/
Posted: 25 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Sunday, 24 July 2011, 09:21
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to learn any lessons of the appalling events in Norway to ensure that this country is "more secure against horrific outrageous like this".
He could make a start by ordering the Home Office to reclassify the English Defence League. Despite the violence and racial hatred whipped up by this street gang the authorities refuse to label the group as "far-right extremists". As a result the police do not monitor the group like they do dozens of Muslim organisations and take little interest in its activities. One police officer who has responsibility for monitoring extremists recently told us that the EDL was only an issue when it had a knock-on effect on Islamist extremist groups.
With evidence pointing to Anders Breivik's admiration for the EDL and an increasingly militant tone being taken by EDL units across Britain, surely it is time for the authorities finally to take this threat seriously.
I'll be writing more about this shortly but let's hope it doesn't take an atrocity for the authorities finally to act against the EDL.
Posted: 24 Jul 2011 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 23 July 2011, 11:31
We are watching, waiting and listening as the terrible events in Norway unfold in newspapers and on the television, radio and the internet. What has happened there is horrific and our thoughts and prayers are with the people coming to terms with what has happened.
As you can well imagine, given the large amount of speculation surrounding the Oslo bombing and shootings, our phones have not stopped ringing. While it is too early to definitely point to a motive it would appear that the gunman does have interests in right wing politics and even Christian fundamentalist beliefs.
Our researchers in Norway are working overtime to find out more so until we are absolutely sure of the facts it is probably best not to add to the rumour mill quite yet. I will, however, add more as and when we know more.
Posted: 23 Jul 2011 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2011, 12:43
We’ve just launched an appeal to raise £3,500 for our campaign to get the EDL march in Tower Hamlets banned. This money will help us take our campaign to the local community to inform them about the EDL threat and give them a simple way to voice their objection.
The greater the opposition to the planned march of hate, the more likely are the authorities to ban it.
Please donate to the campaign http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/keep-the-peace
Posted: 19 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 13 July 2011, 09:39
Our petition against the EDL march in Tower Hamlets now stands at just over 4,400. Due to a fantastic response we have upped our target to 5,000 which we hope to reach by the end of the day.
Our online petition is just the first stage of our campaign to get the EDL march banned and we will shortly be taking it offline with the aim of winning the hearts and minds of local people. It is the strength of their feelings that will show the authorities that the EDL are not welcome in their borough.
But before we announce other elements of our campaign we need to build our petition, so please help us reach our target of 5,000 names by midnight.
Posted: 13 Jul 2011 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 12 July 2011, 09:56
As our petition nears 3,500 signatures, we should explain why we are calling for a ban:
Posted: 12 Jul 2011 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 11 July 2011, 16:46
Just three hours after we launched our petition to get the authorities to ban the EDL march in Tower Hamlets I'm really pleased to say that over 1,700 people have already signed. It has also been mentioned on Twitter over 100 times.
We are well on our way to achieving our initial target of 2,500 by the end of today.
You can add your name to the petition here http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/ban-eld-march-of-hate
Posted: 11 Jul 2011 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 11 July 2011, 15:40
Today we launch a campaign against the proposed EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets in early September. The EDL are going there with the intention of whipping up tension and fear. This is unacceptable and so their march should be banned.
Please sign the petition here http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/ban-edl-march-of-hate
We have produced some background information on the website about the EDL, our campaign against them and how people can get involved. You can access the page here http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/march-of-hate/
Over the coming weeks we will speak out against all extremism in Tower Hamlets, including those who use the name of Islam to target the gay community, Jews and even Christianity. The vast majority of people – of all races, religions and backgrounds – want to live peacefully together without the fear and tension that extremists spread.
Please sign our petition here http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/ban-edl-march-of-hate
Posted: 11 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 4 July 2011, 21:53
The BNP is contesting a by-election in Bush Hill Park in Enfield, north London on 28 July 2011. Its candidate, Steve Squire, comes with what Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, believes to be a rock solid pedigree though it is one that is unlikely to appeal to prospective voters. During a recent argument with party members who were criticising Squire, Griffin defended his place-man from criticism by stating proudly that Squire’s grandfather had been a member of Mosley’s jackbooted British Union of Fascists (BUF) while his father had been imprisoned in the 1970s under the Race Relations Act.
Griffin must have believed that this political genealogy was a recommendation, because he appointed Squire as his deputy London organiser when he briefly took over as London organiser himself last year. Shortly afterwards Griffin handed over the keys to the kingdom to Squire who now runs the BNP in Britain’s capital city.
Despite his recent elevation Squire is clearly unpopular with many of his colleagues in London, who don’t appear to have rushed to help him out. A photograph on the BNP website accompanying the launch of his campaign contains hardly any BNP activists from Enfield, the majority being bussed in from Croydon or at least that faction of the branch still loyal to Griffin.
Squire’s campaign team included Dave Clarke, who has a conviction for assaulting two female anti-fascist campaigners and in 2006 was investigated for electoral fraud after using a false address on his nomination papers.
The London BNP organiser is clearly surrounding himself with the crème-de-la-crème of the BNP as he embarks on his doomed quest to convince the electorate of this Enfield ward that he is fit for elected office.
This is not the first time that Squire has stood for the BNP. In 2010 he contested Enfield Lock ward, polling 447 votes (6.3%) and coming bottom of the poll, tenth out of ten. Doubtless he will fare little better in Bush Hill Park. It is unlikely that his inevitable defeat will diminish his prestige in the eyes of Griffin, who is by now getting used to his candidates being trounced at the ballot box.
Posted: 4 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: David Braniff-Herbert | on: Saturday, 2 July 2011, 19:16
Today thousands of people marched through the streets of London including Hope not hate staff and supporters to celebrate the campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans equality. It is incredibly positive to see such a diverse crowd turnout for the march and celebrations across central London.
Our friends from the trade union movement have packed the stalls area with equality literature and anti-fascist stickers.
I've been talking to people at the stalls about the Hope not hate campaign and our new LGBT network which launches on Wednesday 13th July. If you want to join us and support the HOPE not hate LGBT network then please send me an email: David@hopenothate.org.uk
Happy Pride 2011.
Posted: 2 Jul 2011 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments