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Hate and distance pre Oslo demonstration. UPDATED: Whilst several Muslims have received hate-filled comments prior to today’s demonstration in Oslo, others will have nothing to do with it. This week’s animosity-filled video posted on YouTube and Facebook by persons calling for Norway’s Crown Prince and government heads’ suffering, is believed to be connected to the planned protest outside Parliament. Muslims like Yousef Assidiq, who distance themselves from extremists, are often faced with threats over not supporting the hate videos that are posted online.

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Hate and distance pre Oslo demonstration

Published on Friday, 20th January, 2012 at 09:30 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 21st January 2012 at 13:59.

UPDATED: Whilst several Muslims have received hate-filled comments prior to today’s demonstration in Oslo, others will have nothing to do with it.

Norwegian Parliament
Norwegian Parliament
Photo: James Cridland/Flickr


This week’s animosity-filled video posted on YouTube and Facebook by persons calling for Norway’s Crown Prince and government heads’ suffering, is believed to be connected to the planned protest outside Parliament.

Muslims like Yousef Assidiq, who distance themselves from extremists, are often faced with threats over not supporting the hate videos that are posted online.

“They use bullying techniques against us and tell us to burn in hell,” Per Yousef Assidiq told NRK, feeling it important for Muslims to reject and distance themselves from radical ideas.

25-year-old student Waqas Sarwar will not allow the minority to scare the majority into silence. He speaks out against the Facebook group called “Demonstration: Norwegian troops out of Afghanistan”, that calls opponents “Infidels” and praises suicide amongst American troops.

Mr Sarwar helped organise the demonstration against Dagbladet following publication of a contentious Prophet Muhammed cartoon. During this demonstration, he distanced himself from the extremists amongst the protesters. Both he and friend Yousef Assidiq are worried about the effect a small group of extremists are having.

“Muslims have not come to establish a Sharia state in Norway, and Norwegians are not the enemy of Islam”, Mr Sarwar said.

Meanwhile, Mr Assidiq has said that he would not attend today’s demonstration that was organised via the Facebook group.

“This group praises killings and has a negative attitude to all non-Muslims, that’s why I won’t be having anything to do with them.”

He does not know who organised the demonstration as he thinks that extremists use false names on sites like Facebook.

Both Muslims believe that many are reluctant to speak out against extremists on these websites.

“All of us who are more moderate feel that these people are really against us. It’s a bit like “either you are with us or you are against us,” said Mr Assidiq.

Amir Iftikhar, a researcher at the Warreich Policy Institute (WPI) in Islamabad, believes too much focus is given to these videos by the media, instead of the abuses taking place in Afghanistan.

“The Norwegian media should require a timed withdrawal plan for the Norwegian forces in Afghanistan, rather than ignore this important theme and use their time on entirely different trivial matters, such as this one.”

Police Security Service (PST) personnel say a 21-year-old man was arrested in Telemark in connection with having uploaded the video, Wednesday. He has been indicted for making threats against officials and incitement to terrorism.

According to NTB, the individual is a Norwegian citizen but orginally from Central America.

"He acknowledges that he made this video, but it was not meant as a threat," his lawyer, John Christian Elden, tells NRK, "he believes it is a democratic statement."



Published on Friday, 20th January, 2012 at 09:30 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 21st January 2012 at 13:59.

This post has the following tags: oslomuslimdemonstration, muslimextremistsnorway, videothreatcrownprincehaakon, jensstoltenbergvideothreat, norwegiansoldiersafghanistan.





  
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