Press release - 590 (2007) See also previous post with News Videos about the demonstration

Update: Anders Bruun Laursen has answered the statement by Terry Davis: Open letter to Mr. Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Europe is threatened by bigots - not by Islam

Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the march “Against the Islamisation of Europe” today in Brussels

Terry Davis
Terry Davis - Euro-fascist

Strasbourg, 11.09.2007 - European values are under threat, say the organisers of a protest march under the banner “Against the Islamisation of Europe” which was due to place today in Brussels in spite of the ban by the city Mayor.

The fact is that Europe and its values are indeed under threat, but the danger is not coming from Islam. Our common European values are undermined by bigots and radicals, both islamists and islamophobes, who exploit fears and prejudice for their own political objectives.

The self-proclaimed defenders of European values say that the Mayor has violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The freedom of assembly and the freedom of expression are indeed essential preconditions for democracy, but they should not be regarded as a licence to offend.

I will not enter into the discussion about whether the march should have been allowed or not, but I note that the protesters’ reading of the Convention is selective to say the least.

It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

This applies to everyone in Europe including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today’s shameful display of bigotry and intolerance.

Council of Europe Press Division
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Update: Anders Bruun Laursen has answered the statement by Terry Davis: Open letter to Mr. Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.


See also this previous post (partial English content) - SIOE Demonstration stopped by police more than 50 demonstrators arrested

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