Anti-Shari'a March Banned; 'Spontaneous' Actions still Likely
The socialist mayor of Brussels has banned a demonstration against the "Islamisation" of Europe that was planned in the Belgian capital on September 11, but "spontaneous" protest actions may still take place, CNSNews.com reports.
Activists in Denmark, Britain, Germany and elsewhere have been planning a peaceful demonstration outside the European Parliament on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, under the slogans, "Enough is enough -- no shari'a here -- Stop the Islamisation of Europe."
But late last week, Mayor Freddy Thielemans banned the protest. His spokesman, Nicolas Dassonville, was quoted in Belgian newspapers as saying that the risk to public order was too great, and that "the sizeable foreign community living in the area could react."
Researchers estimate that 17 percent of the residents of the Brussels capital region are Muslims, mostly of Moroccan and Turkish origin. Dassonville also expressed concern about what he called "Islamophobic language" on the websites of the event organizers.
Source: Religion Today Summaries - Aug. 15, 2007; Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff