About 20-30 people attended a demonstration held by the Norwegian Defence League in Stavanger.
The Right Extremist NDL held their demonstration outside the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Saturday. Speakers included Merete Hodne from Stop the Islamisation of Norway (SIAN) and the NDL’s Martin Olsen.
Both SIAN and the NDL attended a protest organised by the English Defence League (EDL) in Aarhus, Denmark, in April. EDL and NDL members have been questioned in connection with the trial of Anders Behring Breivik.
There was a strong police presence throughout the day. Over 100 officers were stationed around the city, including around the Petroleum Museum, where they had blocked off the area.
Several were asked to postpone their summer holiday in case of trouble, with extra officers drafted in from the entire county of Rogaland, western Norway, reports Stavanger Aftenblad.
Anti-racist organisation SOS Racism also held a counter protest near the cathedral, with an attendance of some 800 supporters.
Police inspector Fredrik Martin Soma would not reveal how many officers were in the centre of town under the two demonstrations, but told the paper, “There were more than usual to ensure these could be carried out in a safe way.”
Five people in total were arrested for refusing to leave the area and in connection with checking their identity.