A rally of far-right extremist groups gathered in the Danish city of Aarhus on Saturday to form an anti-Islamic alliance and demonstrate against the Islamification of Europe.
The rally was organized by the English Defence League (EDL) and drew supporters from Germany, Poland, Norway, France, Romania and Sweden. TheGuardianreported the EDL said the rally "signalled the beginning of a Europe-wide movement against the 'Islamification of Europe.'"
The far-right were outranked by a coalition of anti-racism groups who demonstrated under the banner of "Aarhus For Diversity." According to the Daily Mail around 2,500 people gathered in opposition to the much smaller number of extremists, who only numbered around 300.
The rally was held just three weeks before the trial of Anders Breivik begins, the Norwegian mass murderer who supported the EDL. However, Stephen Lennon, head of the EDL, denounced Breiviks violent actions as he said "We condemn it, we're against it but at the same time you cannot brush off millions of people who have concerns against Islam as lunatics." (Telegraph)
Some of the organizers of Saturday's rally want to stop all Muslim migration to Europe.Press TV reported Matthew Goodwin, an expert on far-right groups said "What we are seeing here for the first time in British political history is an anti-Muslim far-right organisation taking the lead in trying to mobilise pan-European opposition to Islam."
Meanwhile, Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism, warned of the potential danger of an anti-Islamic alliance, saying "The development of this network allows fascists and right-wing populists to share ideas, finance and experience in a way that should worry us all.”