Anti-Islam march to go ahead in Oslo

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Organizer Max Hermansen (right) leads a Pegida march in Oslo, January 12th. Photo: Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix
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Anti-Islam protesters are set to go ahead with a planned march on Monday despite death threats made against the Pegida movement's organizers in Germany.

Officials in Dresden ordered the cancellation of the weekly march by the so-called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) after Isis jihadists threatened to kill its organizers.

“The cancellation in Germany affects all of us,” Norwegian Pegida spokesman Max Hermansen told news agency NTB.

“It’s tragic that we lose some of our freedom of expression because someone doesn’t like what we say.”

Police said 190 people took part in last Monday’s march in Oslo, with Hermansen hoping for more this time.

“I’ll be glad if 250 people come but I’m hoping for 400. We’re ready to go out every Monday for a long time.”

SEE ALSO: Tensions high ahead of Danish Pegida events - The Local Denmark

Anti-Pegida protesters are also planning to take ot the streets on Monday evening. 

"We had a good dialogue with them last time and we hope it will be as pewaceful this time," said police spokesman Tor Grøttum.

"But we are prepared if anything happens." 

The 54-year-old Hermansen said he had been in contact with potential Pegida organizers in other Norwegian towns and cities.

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“There are discussions about starting marches in Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Tønsberg and Lillehammer. These are very enthusiastic people who want to do the same in their own towns.”

“We need to start marching to show anyone who's sitting on the fence that it's serious now. We can no longer just sit and watch the big elephant in the room.”

SEE ALSO: The rise and spread of Pegida – The Local Germany

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