Thousands of soccer fans across Europe have set aside their team loyalties to come together in the fight against the Islamization of their nations.
Under the motto, “Comrades in spirit. Many colors, but one entity,” the so-called “soccer hooligans” have organized into a group that calls itself the GnuHonnters, according to anti-Islam activist Walid Shoebat.
But German officials say that the group’s work is unnecessary and often attempt to label the GnuHonnters as fascist extremists akin to Nazis and other far-right organizations, Shoebat said.
“What [the soccer fans] don’t accept is that we’re using legal means to address the matter rather than crowbars,” German Police Union leader Rainer Wendt told News.ge.
Wendt called claims that the government is failing to combat radical Islam “nonsense.”
Nevertheless, GnuHoonters organized protests in Cologne, Germany, Sunday that turned violent after counter-protesters began throwing things at the GnuHonnters from their balconies, Shoebat said.
Thirteen police officers were reported injured during the demonstration, video of which is available here from YouTube:
Shoebat cited numerous other recent anti-Islamization demonstrations across Europe.
Other GnuHonnter groups have gathered in the German cities of Hannover, Mannheim and Monchengladbach.
In Great Britain, the anti-Shariah English Defence League has led peaceful protests against Islamization for five years. British media describes the EDL as arising from a group of local soccer fans, Shoebat said.
Italians demonstrated against Islam in Milan earlier this month as well:
Much of Europe is even more partisan than American politics, with parties tending toward extreme left- or right-wing groups. For this reason, Shoebat argues, conservative anti-Islamic groups are often unfairly lumped together with the Nazis and other fascist groups by the local media.
One tweet seemed to sum up much of the protesters’ point of view.
Over a German flag were written six German words that translate roughly as, “Our flag, our country, maximum resistance.”
— dierudola (@dierudola) October 26, 2014
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