Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated a brief article about a SIAN rally today in Oslo.
He says, “The video accompanying the article shows the counter-demonstrators acting like they always do at events such as this.”
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this clip:
The accompanying (translated) article from VG Nett:
Four arrested during rally outside parliament
(VG Nett) Here counter-demonstrators are being wrestled to the ground by police during a SIAN rally in Oslo.
The organization Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) held a rally outside the Parliament in Oslo on Saturday afternoon.
The police were well-prepared and had positioned numerous personnel and armoured vehicles at the scene before the start of the rally.
Approximately 30 to 40 counter-demonstrators from Anti-NDL and the New SOS (New SOS racism) gathered to demonstrate against SIAN.
Shortly after the rally kicked off anti-racists started clashing with the police. When the demonstrators started moving beyond the police barriers which had been erected earlier several of them began scuffling with the police.
“We have arrested four individuals who were trying to cause trouble. They were arrested for public nuisance,” Find Belle, the leader of operations for the Oslo police, tells VG Nett.
The leader of the police at the scene has confirmed that the situation now is under control.
“We are here today because of threat assessment made before the rally,” says Kristoffer Berg to VG Nett.
Held an appeal
According to a statement posted on SIAN’s website the reason for today’s rally is all the commotion surrounding the Muhammad movie.
The Leader of SIAN, Arne Tumyr was among those who held an appeal outside the Parliament.
“We in SIAN cannot quietly watch them (Muslims) abuse democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We cannot have special rules for Muslims,” he told the SIAN audience, who responded with applause
Tumyr was greeted with slogans such as “No to SIAN, yes to diversity” from the approximately 25 attending counter-demonstrators.