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Major anti-racism turnout in Stavanger. STAVANGER (ARTICLE WITH VIDEO): Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the centre of the western Norway city to shout slogans at the extreme Right group Pegida. The anti-racism protest, hosted by organisations Motmakt Stavanger, the Socialist Left Youth Party (SU), and the main Socialist Left Party (SV), Monday, started at 6 pm local time. Police had erected barriers and cordoned off certain parts of main square Torget near the harbour to separate the hundreds of demonstrators from the 20 to 25 Pegida members.

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Major anti-racism turnout in Stavanger

Published on Tuesday, 17th February, 2015 at 06:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th February 2015 at 14:14.

STAVANGER (ARTICLE WITH VIDEO): Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the centre of the western Norway city to shout slogans at the extreme Right group Pegida.

Anti-racism protestors in Stavanger
Police say up to 425 people were at the event.Anti-racism protestors in Stavanger
Photo: ©2015 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


The anti-racism protest, hosted by organisations Motmakt Stavanger, the Socialist Left Youth Party (SU), and the main Socialist Left Party (SV), Monday, started at 6 pm local time.

Police had erected barriers and cordoned off certain parts of main square Torget near the harbour to separate the hundreds of demonstrators from the 20 to 25 Pegida members.

Officers had turned out in force for the demonstration, held in cold temperatures, with several of them patrolling the area with police dogs.

Protestors shouted slogans such as “Nazi pigs, Nazi pigs, get out of my town”, and “no racists in our streets” at Pegida, booing them, and banging on the barricades as speeches were held and music heard.

Stavanger police in position
Stavanger police in position
©2015 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner
Video at bottom of article                       

The atmosphere grew tenser at approximately 6:30 pm, with police assuming a line of defence position as the event progressed.

Parts of Pegida’s speeches, which covered subjects including the oppression of women in the Muslim culture, were almost drowned out by the hundreds of vociferous demonstrators gathered.

Liberal politician Per Thorbjørnsen (L)
Liberal politician Per Thorbjørnsen (L)
©2015 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner
“Levels here at this protest are unusual for Stavanger,” a female police officer told The Foreigner, “it will be more interesting to see how things are when they disperse afterwards.”

Local Liberal Party (V) politician Per A. Thorbjørnsen commented that he found the fact that the demonstration was being held so far into the heart of the city “provoking in relation to what is being said about Muslims and the demonstrators’ goals.”

The protest ended peacefully at approximately 7:30 pm.


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Published on Tuesday, 17th February, 2015 at 06:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th February 2015 at 14:14.

This post has the following tags: racism, protest, demonstration, muslims, jews.





  
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