Football hooligans to launch ‘European Defence League’ in Amsterdam

EU observer reports According to EU Observer, that the English Defence League (EDL), the anti-Muslim ‘street army’ composed largely of football hooligans is to hold a rally in Amsterdam in October, EUobserver has learnt. The EDL is to demonstrate in support of Geert Wilders, with a recently launched French Defence League and Dutch Defence League, modelled on the English group, to join them along with other anti-Islamic militants from across Europe. the EDL

now appears to be meeting with some success in exporting its novel brand of nativism to the continent, a combination of anti-Muslim vitriol, aggressive street marches and attempts to rope in football hooligan gangs by holding rallies around the same time as matches. (…)

Distinct from the traditional far right, the EDL, which originally grew out of the “football casual” subculture, claims to be multi-ethnic, to target “jihadism” rather than Muslims, and employs a rhetoric more in keeping with the fringes of neo-conservative anti-Islamism than the nostalgia for Nazism of other far-right formations.

The group’s mission statement declares that anyone is welcome, so long as they are “integrated:” “We are non-racist/fascist and anyone is welcome if they want to live under English values and fully integrate into our way of life.”

“English Defence League members recognise that this threat is one that must be stopped at all costs. Our Christian, Jewish, Sikh, and Hindu friends all have tales to tell with regard to Islamic Imperialism,” the group’s “Exposing the myths” page reads.

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