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Few expected to attend Norway anti-Islam march

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An anti-Islam demonstration modelled on recent protests in Germany is planned for Monday in the Norwegian capital Oslo, organizers said, but few protesters were expected to turn out.

The protest is aimed at “Muslim immigration and the influence of Islam,” the movement known as Pegida, which was formed in Germany late last year, posted on a Norwegian Facebook page.

About 450 people were invited via Facebook to the demonstration. At midday Wednesday 25 people had confirmed their attendance.

Oslo police said they were in contact with the organizer of the march but had yet to receive a formal application, the Oslo daily VG reported.

The group Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West (Pegida) has staged weekly protests in the eastern German city of Dresden since October.

German leaders have denounced the Pegida marches, which drew 18,000 supporters to the streets of Dresden on Monday.

The Pegida group in Norway is mainly a “one-man show” according to Tor Bach, head of the Norwegian group Vepsen, which tracks violent, racist, hate and anti-democratic groups.

Bach said he doubted the planned Oslo rally would gather many people. SAPA

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