Prosecutors fined and summarily deported 31 out of 35 demonstrators from a Nazi group who’d traveled to Norway to mount an illegal march in Oslo during the weekend. Only four of those taking part in the demonstration were Norwegian.
All 35 members of the so-called Nordic Resistance Movement had to pay fines of NOK 6,000 (USD 600) because they hadn’t registered the planned march with police nor did they obey police orders while underway. Their demonstration surprised both police and thousands of others who were in downtown Oslo Saturday afternoon when the masked men carrying flags with the group’s logo suddenly started yelling out racists remarks.
They were met with both laughter, people who demonstratively turned their backs on them and others who responded with obscene gestures. There were multiple scuffles with police, who ended up forcing many of the men onto the ground, handcuffing them and taking them into arrest.
On Sunday there were counter demonstrations organized by anti-racism groups. “Naziism must be met with clear opposition,” the leader of the Reds Party in Oslo, Siavash Mobasheri told news bureau NTB. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre agreed: “We must never let hate win,” he told NTB. “The last thing we need now is division or hate spreading among folks in Norway. For many it was frightening to see such expressions on our streets. We won’t accept it.”