SIAN group ordered to leave Arendal

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A group called SIAN (Stopp Islamiseringen av Norge), wants to halt the influence they believe Muslims have on Norway, was ordered to leave the annual Arendalsuka gathering this week, after fights broke out between its members and those who oppose the group’s views.

State broadcaster NRK reported that SIAN had been allowed to set up a booth at the annual event that brings politicians, business executives, community leaders and many others together in the southern coastal town Arendal every August. That didn’t please other participants who objected to their presence and did not believe they should be allowed to spead their message of religious intolerance.

“Today some opponents showed up at their booth to deliver their views,” Kurt Ulven of the local police told NRK. “Their exchange of opinions resulted in a fist fight between the two sides.”

Police broke it up and ended up finding it necessary to set up police protection around SIAN’s booth. There were no reports of serious injury.

“We have delivered a clear message that this (the violence) is unacceptable,” Ulven told NRK. Arendal Mayor Robert Cornels Nordli then ordered SIAN to dismantle their stand and leave town, after reports that those staffing SIAN’s stand hurled insults at non-white passersby.

Stig Andersen, leader of SIAN, claimed that was a lie but admitted there had been some loud arguments at their stand.

newsinenglish.no staff