Police in Oslo arrested several people during a demonstration by the local anti-racism center against neo-nazi organizations late Friday afternoon. The demonstration began outside Parliament at 4pm with the first arrests occurring within a half-hour.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the arrests were made on charges of disturbing the peace. Those arrested were not part of the demonstration, which was held despite pouring rain in Oslo, “and sympathize more with the right-wing side than the left-wing side,” Tore Barstad, operations leader for the Oslo Police told NRK.
He said there was a confrontation between the two sides. Among those arrested was a woman in her late 50s, a man in his 50s and a man in his early 30s.
After the anti-racism center’s demonstration, another was planned against immigration, with the first group refusing to leave the area to make room for the opposing side. The anti-immigration advocates area also objecting to Norway’s decision to support a UN migration pact expected to be approved in mid-December.
A similar protest led to violence between right-wing and left-wing extremists last weekend. Police were out in force at the scene of the new demonstrations Friday evening.