SV leader Audun Lysbakken launches measures to combat Islamist extremism in Norway from an early age, Tuesday.
His suggestions appear in the Party’s new programme proposal. He says the aim is to get youths out of this environment.
“We must be tough on extremism and its causes,” Mr Lysbakken says, “extreme Islamists are as marginal as the extreme Right within the Christian environment. Nevertheless they can be dangerous, even though they are small.”
The plan contains suggestions for exit measures to get youths to leave the environment. Norwegian police had success with their anti neo-Nazi tactics involving youths, as The Foreigner reported last year. Some 200 discussions between youths and officers took place. These often included parents and Child Welfare Service (CWS) personnel.
Prevention by using the CWS, the schools, as well as through inclusion measures and psychiatry is also mentioned.
There are calls for tougher weapons control, including automatically revoking gun licenses if holders commit certain crimes.
An increasing number of people in Norway with extremist views, not necessarily Muslims, are taking hunting licence proficiency tests. All Norwegian citizens with a clean record who pass this can legally purchase weapons afterwards.
At the same time, police are to widen the indictment against Arslan Ubaydullah Maroof Hussain for a second time after he wrote comments on his Facebook group. They left Oslo’s Jewish community feeling threatened.
Mr Hussain referred to the 2006 incident in which shots were fired at the building. Mr Hussain has also written he will “give the Jewish Community protection…as soon as I have taken my hunting proficiency test and got hold of an AK47.”
Police Security Service (PST) focus on extreme Islamist environments also appears in the Socialist Left’s document. In its February threat assessment, the PST wrote, “Persons in the extreme Islamist networks are involved in activities of a more operational nature than before.”
Both the PST and army intelligence personnel express increasing concerns about numbers of Norwegians travelling abroad and receiving weapons instruction.
“Many of these people travel to conflict areas to receive training, combat experience and meet international contacts. These types of stays may affect the individual's desire and ability to plan acts of terrorism in this country,” officials stated.
Balancing security with personal privacy is the proposal’s fifth measure. Norway's parliament voted to adopt the much-protested EU Data Retention Directive last year.
Lastly, the Socialist Left suggests bringing extremist environments out of the shadows to public attention.
In today’s article in Dagbladet, Party leader Audun Lysbakken refuted claims by former populist Progress (FrP) chairman Carl I. Hagen all Conservative (H), Christian Democratic (KrF), Liberal (V), Centre (Sp), Labour (Ap) and SV politicians are responsible for extreme Islamist environments’ existence in Norway. Mr Hagen has claimed terrorists are mainly Muslims.
“It’s tempting to tell them [extremists] to get lost, but these are people who live in Norway. It’s not an immigration issue, as FrP is trying to make it into. We must fight the problem in Norway,” declared Mr Lysbakken.