Friday, December 02, 2005

More trouble in Copenhagen

The outing of two Copenhagen councilmen as supporters of the radical islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, one social democratic councilman has finally had enough - he has left the party after 37 years of loyal service (Source: DR, my translation):

Surrounded by press photographers, journalists and quite a few angry social democrats, the local politician Finn Rudaizky explained, why he had left the party. His decision can pull the rug from under the agreement to govern that Ritt Bjerregaard has made with the Socialist PeopleĀ“s Party, Unity list (communists - Henrik), Radicals and the Liberal defector Wallait Khan.

- It is with a bleeding heart, that I after 37 years as a social democrat have decided to leave. All persons from time to time have make up their minds about what they want to be part of. My limit has been clearly reached when you make deals with people, that have anti-democratic vies, a sad Finn Rudaizky said. ..

By that, he was alluding to Wallait Khan but - most of all - to the social democrat Sikandar Malik Siddique, who during the election campaign was accused of having ties to the extreme moslem organsiation Hizb ut-Tahrir. ..

- Why does a newly elected social democratic party member go to meetings with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Finn Rudaizky asks, at the same time kriticizing the leadership and Ritt Bjerregaard for having shown a wishy-washy attitude towards the problem:

- As a party it isnt enough to hold hice speeches about democracy, when the concrete problem with anti-democratic forces has to be faced in our own rows, said Finn Rudaizky.



Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Henrik --

Reading about Hizb ut-Tahrir (and the others) in Denmark makes me wonder if you also see much of Tablighi Jamaat. My recent investigations of different terrorist groups always seem to point back to TJ; I posted the first of series on it here.

If you know anything about the activities of TJ in Europe, I'd be interested to hear.

Thanks for all the great work you're doing here.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Henrik said...

I have heard nothing about that outfit in Denmark. Minhaj ul-Quran, Hizt ut-Tahrir, and now maybe also the party that has put a bounty on the heads of the 12 caricaturists, but not about this one.

I did find three stories about them in Norway and Germany, though:

The German story is about the expulsion of three of the organisation (Two bosnians and a moroccan) from Germany for terrorist ties.

The Norwegian is about the organisation refusing, as the only islamic organisation asked, to take part in a condemnation of terrorism. One of the stories is its explanation as to why (its imam was on vacation, they only had a short time to make up their minds, etc).

If you want it translated, tell me. Just realize that Im under time pressure, so it will probably take me some days.


7:10 AM  
Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

Henrik -- Translations would be great, but please don't go to any extra work just for me. However, you might find Tablighi Jamaat interesting for your own work.

The organization started out as a proselytizing tool for bringing Mualims back into the fold, and for converting infidels. It does not specifically organize, fund, or condone terrorism.

But many of its converts move on to form or join terrorist groups. A large number of TJ members are in the government & military of Pakistan.

The group flies under the radar because it doesn't issue publications, do interviews, have media events, etc. But it has millions of adherents.

If you do any translations, let me know ( and I'll link you at Gates of Vienna. I'm going to be working on Tablighi Jamaat quite a bit. But, like you, I have time constraints -- namely, I have to go to work!

And thanks for the links.

4:34 AM  
Blogger Henrik said...

Thank you, thank you.

Its nice to know I have readers :-)


11:52 PM  

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