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Anti-Islam groups rally in Norway

The defense leagues say they`re not racists but "patriots" opposing a perceived Islamization of Europe.



Oslo: About 40 people gathered for an anti-Islam demonstration in Oslo, and were met with jeers and chants of "no Nazis on our streets" from a larger group of counterdemonstrators.

The protest was staged by the Norwegian Defence League, a group inspired by the larger English Defence League, which has carried out rowdy anti-Islam protests in Britain.

The defense leagues say they`re not racists but "patriots" opposing a perceived Islamization of Europe.

Police spokesman Finn Belle said today`s demonstration was peaceful and police successfully kept the two sides apart.
He said three counterdemonstrators were detained for disturbing the peace and were fined before being released.

The anti-Islam gunman who killed 77 people in Norway last year expressed support for the English Defence League and similar groups, though most denounced his attacks.

PTI

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