Protest against “Islamisation” banned
10 August 2007
BRUSSELS (AFP) – Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans has banned a protest against the “Islamisation” of Europe planned for 11 September, the anniversary of the suicide attacks on the US, his spokesman said Thursday.
The “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” (SIOE) group last month announced its intention to organise a protest in front of the European parliament building, six years after the suicide plane attacks in New York and Washington.
The group, which started in Denmark, considers Islam “a tool for introducing Islamic imperialistic politics.”
On its website it argues: “Islam and democracy are incompatible due to teachings within the Koran itself.”
The group hopes to bring thousands out onto the streets of the Belgian capital on 11 September. It is organising other protests to take place simultaneously around the world, notably in the United States, Canada and Australia.
But the mayor's spokesman Nicolas Dassonville said: “The danger to public order is too high,” to allow the Brussels protest to go ahead.
“The sizeable foreign community living in the area could react to the action,” he added.
The city of Brussels authorities receive between 500 and 600 requests to hold protests each year. In the last five years only six have been banned, said Dassonville.