Meeting of Hate

Matthew Collins - 19 01 12
The EDLs last attempt at a European meeting was a disaster

The EDLs last attempt at a European meeting was a disaster

A collection of anti Muslim groups are planning to meet up in Denmark in what is being called the launch of a European movement.

“There will be speeches from every defence league in Europe,” said Isak Nygren, the spokesman for the Swedish Defence League.”

As all but the EDL are miniscule it will be interesting to see just how successful this meeting will be as the EDL attempted to kick start something similar to this in Amsterdam in 2010, then the EDL were chased out of town by antifascists and followers of the Ajax football club.

Matthew Goodwin, an expert on far-Right politics based at Nottingham University, said that he was worried by the EDL’s attempts on gaining a foothold in mainland Europe “It shows us something that I don’t think British commentators have grasped, which is that elsewhere in Europe, the EDL is seen as being quite a significant movement,” he said. “When you look at guys like Anders Breivik and the Danish Defence League, we can see how groups in Europe are looking at Britain and the EDL as a model.”


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