Saturday, March 31, 2012

Far-right groups rally in Denmark against Islamic extremism

(CNN) -- Far-right groups from across Europe are gathering in Denmark on Saturday for a rally they say is meant to make their governments act against the threat of Islamic extremism.

Those attending want to send a "clear message to the leaders of Europe," according to the English Defence League (EDL), one of the organizers of the event.

The rally is due to take place in the port city of Aarhus, with speeches from a dozen speakers.

"Our governments and our media behave as if Islamic extremism exists only in the head of a few extremists, and claim that it is unfair to make the connection between Islam and extremism," an online EDL statement says.

"This is ridiculous, just as it is ridiculous to claim that anyone who criticizes Islam must be an extremist in their own right. We believe in fair criticism of Islam and in the defence of our cultures, our nations, and the rights and freedoms that they have long protected."

Georg Husted, a spokesman for Aarhus police, said a few hundred people from the far right were expected to show up.

They are likely to be outnumbered by left-wing protesters -- perhaps as many as 3,000 -- holding a counter-demonstration, he said. Read More