EDL brings together European far-right groups for anti-Islam rally in Denmark

Far-right groups from across Europe are due to hold a rally in Denmark aimed at setting up what they term an anti-Islamic alliance across the continent.

The demonstration has been organised by the English Defence League (EDL) which says it wants to halt what it calls the “Islamification of Europe”. The EDL said it hoped it would be the start of a Europe-wide movement.

Nottingham University’s Matthew Goodwin, an expert on far-right groups in Britain, said the meeting would be strategically significant even if the numbers were not. “What we are seeing here for the first time in British political history is an anti-Muslim far-right organisation taking the lead in trying to mobilise pan-European opposition to Islam,” he said.

BBC News, 31 March 2012