Petition calls for investigation into the Stop the Islamization of Norway organization

Lars Thorsen - SIANPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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Several social scientists, politicians, and public commentators have signed a petition asking the Director of Public Prosecutions to start an investigation into the organization Stop the Islamization of Norway (SIAN).

The petition calls for the Director of Public Prosecutions to initiate a systematic review and investigation of SIAN’s activities and statements.

“SIAN’s activities are an ongoing crime and must be investigated at the national level,” extremism researcher Lars Gule told the newspaper Klassekampen.

Gule is one of those who have signed the petition, which has also been signed by, among others, public commentators such as Sindre Bangstad, Olav Elgvin, and Linda Noor, politicians such as Sofia Rana and Geir Lippestad, and religious leaders such as Basim Ghozlan (The Islamic League) and Ervin Kohn (The Mosaic Faith Society).

National-level investigation needed

The Director of Public Prosecutions must look into the case because the protests have become nationwide, and the investigation of any hate speech must thus also be coordinated nationally, according to those behind the petition.

Gule hopes that a new investigation of SIAN can help clarify the boundaries of hate speech.

In a text message to the newspaper Klassekampen, SIAN leader Lars Thorsen wrote that the police have recorded and reviewed all SIAN’s speeches since 2019 without finding anything criminal in them.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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