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Photograph from the Facebook site of Anders Behring Breivik
The slaughter in Norway last week – allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik – appears to have unleashed a number of latent far-right activist groups throughout Europe whose members are beginning public protests over their worries regarding immigration, multiculturalism, globalization and the rise of Islam in Europe, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
And the extent of their protests has prompted one foreign policy expert to suggest that "the European Union could start unraveling."
These potentially hostile attitudes rose to the top when Breivik, 32, dressed as a policeman, allegedly detonated a bomb in the center of government buildings in Oslo, then went to an island where he systematically gunned down dozens of young people in a youth camp.
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There is some speculation that he had help and, in a court appearance, he admitted to two "cells" which aided him. In a 1,300-page manifesto, he stated that liberalism and multiculturalism were destroying "European Christian" civilization. He blamed the growth of Islam for threatening "Europe's Christian cultural heritage." Breivik, who explained that "Christian" to him essentially was a cultural perspective, also claimed that "cultural Marxism" had morally degraded Europe.
"You cannot defeat Islamization or halt/reverse the Islamic colonization of Western Europe without first removing the political doctrines manifested through multiculturalism/cultural Marxism," he wrote. "One of the most widespread manifestations of the craziness of our world is multiculturalism."
Now, following his alleged attack and the publication of his manifesto, ultra-nationalist groups throughout Europe are becoming more vocal, hoping to instill their concept of a more homogeneous society as a political mainstream viewpoint.
One of those groups, the English Defense League, or EDL, is to stage a rally in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. Draped in the flag of the United Kingdom, demonstrators, many of whom are hooded, will be wearing white hockey masks with a red Crusader cross painted on it.
The demonstrators in Luton will be joined by so-called defense leagues from Norway where the recent attack occurred, Sweden and the Netherlands as well as supporters from other far-right groups from France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.
"Across Europe and in North America, anti-Islamic groups are watching the EDL with interest, increasingly copying their tactics, even replicating their name," said Nick Lowles from the activist group Hope Not Hate. "The attendance of so many international supporters is testament to the EDL's role in the international anti-Islam movement."
Observers increasingly are concerned that members of ultra-right movements and demonstrations consist mostly of young people.
"The (British) government really needs to find out why young people in particular are turning to the far right for answers," said one observer. "Whether it is because of the recession and unemployment, social problems within their community or a general disillusionment with politics, we cannot afford to lose people to a group that is so prejudiced against the idea of a multicultural Britain."
The overriding issue among demonstrators from the far-right groups, however, appears to those members of Muslim communities, who have moved into Europe's cities bringing with them their religion, their culture, and even their law.
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