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Muslim leaders must curb extremism: Labour

NTB/The Local
NTB/The Local - [email protected] • 29 Jul, 2014 Updated Tue 29 Jul 2014 09:58 CEST
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Muslim leaders must take more responsibility for stopping hardline extremism, said Norway's Labour Party chairman on Tuesday, in the wake of the terror alerts in Norway.

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Jonas Gahr Støre believes an important responsibility to curb extremism in Norway rests upon the shoulders of Muslim leaders.

The politician said to the newspaper “Dagsavisen”: “Being a big society, we have a common responsibility to prevent [extremism].”
 
Støre believes preventing extremism happens in everyday life - among friends, families, associations, and religious circles.

He advised Muslim leaders should be careful when influencing the choices of people, and said: “An important responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the mosque, and I want to encourage leaders to take this responsibility seriously, preferably in a good dialogue with the local police.”

Støre says: “Muslims in Norway are just as clear on marking their distance from violence and terror as others. They don't deserve to be suspiciously looked upon because of their faith.”

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