Those are the latest arrest figures for the European Counter-Jihad meeting held in Aarhus Denmark at the weekend.
A clean sheet would have been nice, but at least it’s clear from the figures who had traveled to Aarhus to cause trouble.
This was the first demonstration of this kind and so we decided against mass mobilisation, preferring instead to send only a small group of representatives. We joined representatives from numerous European Defence Leagues and other Islam-critical organisations to share experiences and discuss the possibility of future cooperation.
Unfortunately it seems that one of the experiences that we all have in common is the constant threat of violence from far-Left extremists
But in Aarhus, it wasn’t just the UAF in attendance. Hardline communists, Islamic extremists and other trouble-makers all gathered together to engage in their favourite activity – accusing patriotic, well-meaning people of being fascists.
Thankfully, the Danish police did a good job of safeguarding the meeting from these violent agitators, despite their being pelted with missiles by the self-proclaimed ‘anti-fascists’.
Our thanks also go to the Danish Defence League for organising such an enjoyable and important event, and to everyone who attended for not rising to the provocation of the extremists.
The meeting was a success on many fronts, partly because a great deal of effort was put in to ensure that trouble-makers were not able to hijack the occasion. The DDL announced quite clearly that extremists would not be welcome, and we asked the European Defences to agree to a Memorandum of Understanding that makes clear our opposition to extremism of all kinds.
We are not complacent about the threat posed by far-Right extremism and we hope that this memorandum will long serve to make clear to anyone on the far-Right that we do not share their beliefs.
This isn’t easy when certain sections of the press do all that they can to ignore our efforts to combat extremism and, in some cases, almost seem to be actively advertising the EDl to the extremists that we constantly make clear we do not want to associate with. For instance, the Daily Mail claimed that all of the groups attending the meeting were ‘far-Right extremists’ – ignoring the violent perpetrated by far-Left extremists and doing absolutely nothing to justify their accusation.
The Telegraph, on the other hand, focused on the apparently massive news that the BBC had paid “up to £100″ to fly EDL Leader Tommy Robinson back to the UK for a Sunday Morning Talk show (more about this soon). They also called us ‘far Right’ for good measure. Again, no explanation of what that actually means.
The Guardian had even less to say, instead claiming that the fact that “anti-fascist demonstrators” heavily outnumbered those who were there to attend the meeting was evidence that we had failed to “strike a blow against Islam” (before then admitting that it had never been about numbers). This time we weren’t far-Right extremists but “far right militants”.
Surely it was those who attacked the police and racked up over 80 arrests that were being ‘militant’?