On Saturday, November 16, 2019, “SIAN” leader Lars Thorsen was beaten by several Muslim men for burning the Holy Quran (Holy Kuran). The far-right group “Stop Islamization of Norway” (SIAN) held a protest against Islam, during which the group’s leader Lars Thorsen burn the holy Quran. Two other copies of Holy Quran (Kuran) were thrown in the dustbin.
Meanwhile, A Muslim man, Identified as “Ilyas”, attacked Lars Thorsen in order to stop him from Burning Quran and knocked him out. However, the Police’s interference saved Lars Thorsen from getting to the ground by an angry Muslim man. The video of Muslim man “Ilyas” attacking the “SIAN” leader Lars Thorsen, became viral all over social media. Watch the video below.
According to RT, Norwegian anti-Islam rally turns violent over KORAN BURNING (Quran Burning).
The leader of a group against the “Islamization” of Norway was attacked by several men after setting fire to a copy of the Koran during a demonstration. Footage shows police intervening to stop the skirmish.
After a 45 seconds long video when Lars was burning Quran and baaten by Muslim man “Ilyas” one of the witness shared a full video of the incident. The complete video shows that Police handcuffed the Man who was burning Quran and guarded him. But their were more people (Muslims) trying to reach for beating him but police cops were stopping them by using minimum force. Watch the complete video of the incident, below.
A demonstration held by Stop Islamization of Norway (SIAN) in the city of Kristiansand turned violent after the SIAN leader, Lars Thorsen, defied a police order against burning the holy Muslim book. The rally had been approved by local authorities, but police had warned SIAN against desecrating the Koran, after the group said it planned to do so.
Two copies of the religious text (The Holy Quran) were thrown in a trash can during the rally, while Thorsen set fire to another one. The unsanctioned actions infuriated counter-protesters, who vaulted over a fence and attacked SIAN’s leader.
The Video of the confrontation shows Thorsen tossing away a burning Quran (Koran) as a Muslim man (Ilyas) charges at him. The man manages to grab Thorsen’s jacket, jerking him around. However, the assailant falls to the ground after attempting to kick the anti-Islam activist. Police then scramble to break up the fight as several other people rush at Thorsen.
Both Thorsen and his attackers were detained by police, according to media reports. In one video clip, Lars Thorsen is led away by police with his hands behind his back, while his initial attacker is wrestled to the ground by a group of cops.
Muslim leaders in Norway announced that they plan to press hate crime charges against SIAN for burning Korans as well as for verbal assault.
Thorsen is no stranger to political controversy. He recently received a 30 day suspended jail sentence and a fine for distributing pamphlets in Oslo that accused Muslims of being “notorious sexual predators” who “rape in epidemic proportions.”
Massive Support for Ilyas who Attacked SIAN leader Lars Thorsen after Burning Quran.
The incident of Burning Quran by Lars Thorsen and “SIAN” protesters ignited massive outrage in the Muslim world. The incident of Burning the “Holy Book” is taken as provoking the “Muslims” and as “A Hate crime”. #Norway, #ilyas_Hero_of_Muslim_Ummah, #BoycottNorway and #Defender_of_Quran became top trends on Twitter. Millions of Muslims are standing in the support of Ilyas and condemning the act of “Burning Quran” by “SIAN” and Lars Thorsen.
Thousands of People on social media already changed their “Profile’s display picture” and Put the photo of Ilyas in order to show their support for the brave Muslim man. While several thousand are even urging their governments to “cut off all diplomatic ties” with the Norwegian Government.
After seeing the video of the incident it became clear that police (present during the Anti-Islam Rally) was a bystander. They didn’t intervene in the actions of “Insulting and Burning Quran” even it was already not allowed by the police department before the Rally of SIAN began. But when the Actions of Lars Thorsen ignited the anger and Ilyas tried to stop them from this “Hate crime”, police advanced with the full force to knock the Muslim man down and protect the real culprit. Watch the public reactions after the incident of Burning Quran in Norway, below.
Lars Thorsen Burning Quran in Norway: Is the far-right growing in Norway?
Norway’s policies against Islamophobia have been questioning following far-right attempts to burn the Quran, the Muslim holy book.
The extreme right-wing group ‘Stop the Islamisation of Norway’ (SION), attempted to burn the Quran during a protest in Norway’s Kristiansand, on Saturday.
This action sparked anger amongst Muslims and raised questions about rising far-right sentiments in Norway.
The Scandinavian nation is well known for its prosperity, beautiful nature and generally moderate politics. There are more than 150,000 Muslims living in Norway out of a population of five million.
Despite a good reputation for welcoming other people from among European countries, Norway has been accused of remaining silent and inactive against rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.
Increasingly the media has provided a platform to the far-right to spread their message arguing that it is a matter of ‘freedom of speech’. Meanwhile, mainstream political parties have pandered to the far-right and therefore legitimised their platforms.
The populist Right Wing Party (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) entered parliament in alliance with the Conservative Party for the first time in 2013.
The FrP was established in 1987 on an anti-Muslim and anti-immigration platform.
Far-right conspiracy theories have also been spreading amongst Norwegians.
The Oslo-based Human Rights Service (HRS) has long pushed the ‘Eurabia’ theory. The organisation is funded by the state has seen its budget increase over the years.
HRS Director Hege Storhaug campaigned to persuade the public over the similarities between Nazism and Islam.
Storhaug declared “civilisational war against Muslims” in her book which was covered widely by the Norwegian media.
According to Sindre Bangstad, an anthropologist in Norway, white Norwegian men feel they could be losing their privileges amid an increasing immigrant population in the country.
According to a survey carried out by the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies in 2017, negative attitudes towards Muslims were widespread in Norway.
More than 34 percent of society has prejudices against Muslims while 47 percent of respondents believe that: “Muslims largely have themselves to blame for the increasing anti-Muslim harassment, and 42 per cent agree with the statement that Muslims do not want to integrate into Norwegian society.”
More than one in three Norwegians said that Muslims pose a threat to their culture and about 30 percent believe “Muslims will take over Europe”.