Anders Gravers, Pamela Geller, Tommy Robinson, Robert Spencer and Kevin Carroll (Debbie Robinson not pictured)
Stockholm was a wild success, far exceeding expectations on so many levels. After an extraordinary rally at Norra Bantorget in Stockholm, the heads of the leading worldwide counter-jihad organizations held a series of workshops and planning meetings. What has emerged from an intense forty-eight hour strategy session is the first activist leadership team uniting counter-jihadists in Europe, the U.S., and Australia: the President's Council of Stop Islamization of Nations (SION).
The initial members of the President's Council are SIOE's Anders Gravers; Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll of the EDL; Debbie Robinson of the Q Society of Australia, Robert Spencer and me. The members of the newly formed council unanimously voted to elect me Council President. I am honored. This is a momentous beginning to what I am confident will become a powerful force for defending freedom worldwide.
The President's Council differs from the SION Board, which includes Swiss parliamentarian Oskar Freysinger; Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media; Ashraf Rameleh of Voice of the Copts; Ali Sina, the renowned ex-Muslim author and founder of FaithFreedom.org; Wafa Sultan, the ex-Muslim human rights activist and author; the German pro-freedom activist Stefan Herre of Politically Incorrect; the Israeli author Dr. Mordechai Kedar; the Hindu human rights activist Babu Suseelan; and Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE).
This Board functions in an advisory capacity, while the President's Council is a steering committee. It functions as a mobile, proactive, reactive on-the-ground team developing and executing confidential action plans that strike at the heart of the global anti-freedom agenda.
Our next initiative will be the first session of the International Freedom Defense Congress, which will be held in New York on September 11, 2012. The principal focus of the Congress will be a media workshop pertaining to Islamic supremacist attempts to restrict the freedom of speech in the free world, and the smear campaigns against freedom fighters in newspapers and media institutions in the West.
The objective of this first-of-its-kind workshop is to develop media-related mechanisms to address the smear campaigns. It will also address the media's double standard regarding Islam and other religions. The Congress will discuss at length the reasons behind and the results of the Western media's offensive campaigns against freedom of speech and the truth about Islam, jihad, Islamic supremacism and Muslims.
The International Freedom Defense Congress will represent a quantum leap in media action, as it discusses, beyond rhetoric, the practical steps to address the phenomenon of the Islamic war against free speech.
This is history in the making; don't miss it. Email email@example.com to register.
Even Ynet News, using the two bad news sources about our Stockholm rally that I previously fisked here, managed to get the subhead of their story almost right:
Violence erupts at anti-Islam protest in Sweden Ynet News August 5
Some 400 leftists try to attack anti-Islam demonstration in Stockholm with bottles, fireworks; 10 arrested
Ynet News, unlike AP and Reuters, makes it clear up front that the thugs weren't "Swedish activists," as AP ludicrously called them, but violent leftists bent on injuring the freedom fighters who attended our rally. The only problem with Ynet's subhead is the characterization of our rally as "anti-Islam" -- news agencies generally tend to characterize enemies of freedom in positive terms, and defenders of freedom in negative terms. It is apparently forbidden for them to call our rally a "pro-free speech" or "pro-equality of rights" rally. That would interfere with their imperative to defame us. It seems to me that by calling us "anti-Islam," they're the ones who are painting all Muslims with a broad brush. We certainly know that all Muslims are not jihadists, and we know that many Muslims want to escape Sharia, because we help them get to safe houses. So it is the media here that is guilty of "Islamophobia."
Also problematic is Ynet's picture (and its caption using the word "activists"): shiny happy bottle- and firecracker-throwing, obscenity-screaming killers.
Activists used vuvuzelas (Photo: AFP)
An injured policeman is helped by colleagues after being hit in the face by missiles thrown by leftist goons and islamic supremacists.
What are they afraid of? They are terrified that people might give us a listen. And so they have to go to extraordinary lengths, actually lying about what happened, in order to defame us and destroy our reputations. We put ourselves on the line, and these craven quislings make it their business to make sure you don't know what's happening. Why can't they just do their bloody job and report the news?
Clearly the AP implies in its headline that the violence that "erupted" at the "anti-Islam protest" was committed by the "anti-Islam" (i.e., pro-freedom) ralliers. In fact, only the leftist thugs were violent. But the first sentence of AP's photo caption only reinforces the false impression: "Swedish riot police clash with demonstrators during an anti-Islam demonstration in central Stockholm Saturday Aug. 4, 2012." Not until the second sentence of the caption do we get any inkling of what really happened, and even then the sentence is so convoluted as to obscure the truth: "Activists protesting an anti-Islam demonstration in downtown Stockholm attacked police in an attempt to break through a police line and get at the rival meeting, police said Saturday."
Violence erupts at anti-Islam protest in Sweden Associated Press August 4
Swedish riot police clash with demonstrators during an anti-Islam demonstration in central Stockholm Saturday Aug. 4, 2012. Activists protesting an anti-Islam demonstration in downtown Stockholm attacked police in an attempt to break through a police line and get at the rival meeting, police said Saturday. Spokesman Kjell Lendgren said some 400 leftists had gathered to heckle the approximate 100 anti-Islam demonstrators, who were rallying to bring attention to what they perceive is the Islamization of Europe. (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden/Fredrik Persson)
STOCKHOLM—Swedish activists clashed with police amid a hail of bottles and fireworks in downtown Stockholm on Saturday as they tried to break through a police line and attack an anti-Islam demonstration.
According to the AP, if you hurl missiles and throwing fireworks and maiming policemen, you're a "Swedish activist." But if you're standing for freedom against the most repressive ideology on the face of the earth, you're "anti-Islam." Who's the real Islamophobe there?
Also, "amid a hail of bottles and fireworks." It wasn't raining bottles and fireworks; the AP is just trying to avoid making it clear that their "Swedish activists" were the ones throwing them. They want to suggest that the freedom fighters were responding in kind -- we weren't.
Police spokesman Kjell Lendgren said around 400 leftists had gathered to heckle the 100-strong demonstration, which was rallying to bring attention to what it perceives is the Islamization of Europe.
"Heckle": media deathspeak for blinding policemen and bomb-sniffing dogs discovering a package with an emormous firecracker in it.
He said the leftists shouted and blew vuvuzelas to drown out anti-Islam and nationalist speeches, but then started throwing bottles and lit fireworks at police, injuring two officers.
Talk about burying the lede: you have to wait to the third paragraph to get the actual story.
Lendgren said ten activists were arrested, after which the situation calmed down.
Both the anti-Islam meeting and leftist protest continued peacefully and were scheduled to end at 1600 local (1400GMT).
There was nothing peaceful about their vicious orgy of hate. I ventured over to the police line and saw their faces as they screamed obscenities and nearly choked on their own venom. The contrast with our peaceful gathering couldn't have been more vivid.
Nationalist groups such as the English Defence League were instrumental in organizing the anti-Islam event, which was described on the anti-Islam European Freedom Initiative's website as the "first worldwide counter-jihad action."AP's calling the EDL "nationalist" is a sly attempt to equate them with the Nazis, when EDL is actually trying to defend England from Islamic supremacists, who are this century's new Nazis. So the EDL is just the opposite of what AP says they are.
In the counter protest, local activists called for tolerance and warned of a rise in fascism. They referred to the nationalist groups as "Breivik's foot-soldiers" -- a reference to Norwegian ultra-nationalist Anders Breivik who killed 77 people in Norway last year.
This is my first entry on this list and I hope not the last. I live in the country Absurdistan, former known as Sweden. Yesterday I followed an absurdistanian newspapers, Aftonbladets live coverage of the counterjihad meeting in Stockholm. The young so called reporter stood among the shouting lefties and said that “from here you can’t hear a thing the speakers are saying. My sister got so angry that she called the newspaper and asked why the “reporter” was standing so far away from the podium so that we, the viewers couldn’t hear what you all had to say, if the aburdistanian newspaper was afraid that we would hear what was said. She got no real answer but a bunch of lame excuses. Later in the evening I watched the so called news and the whole coverage wanted the viewers to think that the lefties and the so called right extremists had to be separated by police by force, mostly because EDL as the reporter said has a history of demonstrations going astray. In some newspapers they stated that there were many anti demonstrators and right extremists at the scene. They mentioned that there were fire crackers thrown but the way they wrote everyone got the picture that the firecrackers were thrown by the so called right extremists. Lastly I would like to thank Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and all the others for your great courageous work you are forever heroes in my heart. Sincerely Birgitta
Video hat tip British Freedom TV
First of all, we were "outnumbered" because we had to conduct our rally surrounded by police vans and police in riot gear -- not because we were violent, but because of the bloodthirsty leftist hoodlums who were screaming their bloodlust and doing everything they could to break through the police lines and do physical harm to the freedom fighters present. Many people told us they were afraid to come, or they'd get fired if they came. Some told us afterward that they wanted to come but couldn't get through the leftist hooligans and the police. So then Reuters reports this as our rally being "outnumbered" -- as if there was simply no interest. Yet when we had tens of thousands at Ground Zero to stand for freedom against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque, they ignored it or severely underreported the attendance. Anything to defame our freedom movement.
Sweden "counter-jihad" rally outnumbered by anti-racists by Anna Ringstrom for Reuters, August 4
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Stockholm rally by European and U.S. far-right groups seeking to create a global "counter-jihad" movement attracted fewer than 200 people on Saturday who were outnumbered by anti-racist protesters.
Once again the media engages in its favorite overwhelming lie. If it meant destroying the movement or destroying our reputations, they'd sell their children. They may not know it, but when they say "far-right," they're right: we are right -- we are correct. But that's the only way in which it is applicable.
And "anti-racist"? How? Who? We're fighting for every race, creed and color. We're fighting against a racist, discriminatory ideology. Even Orwell would weep at the prospect of fascist goons being called "anti-racist protesters." The deception is staggering in its inversion of morality and reality.
Police said the rival demonstration was kept apart from the far-right rally and drew a few hundred people, a small number of whom were detained.
There was a small bomb that was discovered. A policeman was severely injured and might lose an eye. Ten violent fascist thugs were arrested. Our "far-right" rally, by contrast, was peaceful and featured speaker after speaking calling for the freedom of speech and equal justice for all. That's what's "far-right" these days.
The far-right rally was organised by groups including the English Defence League (EDL) which has been a driving force behind a handful of similar events, most recently a Danish rally in March.
The EDL gained international attention through anti-Islamic fanatic Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway a year ago and who referred to it admiringly in a manifesto on the Internet. The group has denied links to Breivik.
Once again, the blood libel is used when Breivik said he was inspired by Hamas and al-Qaeda and said he was driven to commit his horrifying crimes by the likes of Anna Ringstrom (when he blamed journalists who refused to report accurately on terrorism), but all of that is irrelevant. These quisling tools must promote this big fat lie. Does Anna Ringstrom ever question the motive behind the close to 20,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11? Does she ever say what they were inspired by? Ever? She best represents the media SS.
Support has grown in European countries for populist, nationalist and anti-immigration movements and in Sweden the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats won seats in parliament for the first time in 2010.
However, previous attempts by European far-right groups to join forces have foundered amid splits and feuding over ideology and leadership.
Nottingham University's Matthew Goodwin, an expert on British far-right militant groups, said the Stockholm meeting was of strategic importance despite the modest turnout.
"Militant groups": just throw another lie out there, while you're at it. Meanwhile, all the people who were arrested were on the other side -- but it's freedom fighters who are "militant."
I urge people to listen to the speeches and see how you're being deceived so egregiously by the likes of Anna Ringstrom.
"The attending are quite significant figures within the anti-jihad movement. It signifies the strengthening links between counter-jihad groups and anti-Muslim groups within Europe and the United States," he said.
It is, once again, not "anti-Muslim" to stand for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. It is not "anti-Muslim," it is pro-human and pro-freedom. Anna Ringstrom and other mainstream media brownshirts use this to further their cause of demonizing us and portraying us as hoping to bring about the victimization of innocent people. I wouldn't be surprised if Anna Ringstrom was one of the goons giving us the finger and throwing firebombs at the police -- because she is certainly doing it here.
EDL leader Stephen Lennon, who also calls himself Tommy Robinson and who founded the group three years ago, said the meeting was about sharing resources and coordinating strategies.
"It's about sharing ideology, sharing resources, work together in any way we can over the next 12 months in order to highlight the truth, the truth about Islam," he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Stockholm rally.
Pamela Geller, a leader of groups Stop Islamization of Nations and Stop Islamization of America, said the movement was planning to hold a conference in New York on September 11.
"It's very important that it goes global because what we are fighting is a global ideology," she said.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Today heralded the dawning of a new era of cooperation between pro-freedom groups in Europe, the United States, Australia and elsewhere. Freedom fighters from around the world converged in Stockholm to stand with one voice against oppression, tyranny and fascism. And the fascist thugs were out in force: police at one point found a suspicious package from the Leftists, and examined it out of concern that it was a bomb. It turned out to be a large firecracker, but clearly the Left-fascist who left it wanted police to think it was a bomb, and to create an atmosphere of menace and terror so that people would be too frightened to attend our event. Swedish police in riot gear cordoned off the area of our rally on both sides, and blocked entrance to it with police vans. But while the Leftist media, which swarmed around our event like jackals, will tell you that we are the threat, the police had to face violence only from the Leftist protesters. Desperate that our message of freedom not be heard, they blew vuvuzelas, screamed bloody murder, chanted "EDL go to hell" and kept up a constant din -- while throwing eggs and firecrackers at the police and at any pro-freedom activist who got too close to them. One firecracker exploded in a policeman's face; he had to be taken away in an ambulance.
Nonetheless, several hundred people braved the Leftist thugs and the police barricades, and joined us, unbowed and resolutely determined to stand for freedom and truth. When Robert Spencer and I got out of the car, the crowd started applauding, and so many people came up to us to express their gratitude for our work -- it was humbling and gratifying. The enemedia was out in force as well, taking hundreds and hundreds of pictures of us, no doubt in an attempt to find the very worst shots, and inundating Robert and me with interview questions attempting to smear us as racists and inciting to murder. But it was noteworthy in itself that the media was there at all: in Europe this was a huge story (even Turkish media was there), while in the U.S. the media seems determined to ignore the issue of Islamic supremacist encroachment upon our freedoms.
There was a series of speakers from around the world. I explained to the freedom fighters who came to hear us speak that the battle is for individual rights. It is not a religious war, it is a fight for the smallest minority in the world, the individual, and we are fighting for what is good and what is right. We are right, they are wrong, and wrong is evil and anti-life. After I kicked off the event and Robert spoke ("Tolerance of the intolerant is suicidal"), Tommy Robinson gave a rousing speech on our need to defend free societies. He was then followed by representatives of Defense Leagues from all over Europe, as well as from the Q Society in Australia, and Paul Weston of the British Freedom Party. In the crowd were people from across Europe and the world -- including a freedom-lover who attended our Jessica Mokdad Conference on Honor Killing in Dearborn in April, and who came to Stockholm from Poland for this event, and a hearty group of ex-Muslims from Iran who told me that a huge number of people in Iran are fed up with the Islamic Republic and Islam in general -- but Barack Obama let them down in 2009.
All in all, today was a key turning point in this ugly and vicious war in which we find ourselves engaged. Once again the Leftist goons showed their true face, as did we. We will not be intimidated and we will stand for freedom no matter what. We made great strides in forging a true and lasting transatlantic (and transpacific as well) counter-jihad alliance. This is just the beginning.
Police copters overhead
I have much more to tell, but I have to go meet with the heads of the five families...lol. I'll have more pictures and videos, but first, all the leaders of the various groups are getting together this evening to strategize and plan for the future. This was a fantastic beginning.
Dear Pamela!Did you get away from the meeting in one peace and alive? It was awful to see all these left-wing loonies screaming and yelling.I went to Stockholm after five hours by train. When I arrived to Norra Bantorget the police had already closed the area! By security reasons theydidn't let me in! Soon enough I was surrounded by perhaps 50-100 of those screaming idiots. I had to behave like a confused tourist so the mob wouldn't lynch me.
I'm so sorry we couldn't meet today - something I had been locking forward to so long. Now I'm home again after five more hours on train - so I will fall aslead easily tonight.Hope you don't get nightmares after the events today. As swede I'm ashamed over these idiots, but I guess socialists behave the same way - as savagers - in every country.Please confirm that you and the other freedem-fighters got away without injuries.May God and the angels protect you every hour, every day.....Yours truly
An injured policeman is helped by colleagues after being hit in the face by missiles thrown by leftist goons and islamic supremacists.