Thursday, May 12, 2016
Copenhagen Copenhagen bar owners are begging for government protection against Muslim activists trying to impose a strict “Sharia zone.”
Copenhagen bar owners are begging for government protection against Muslim activists trying to impose a strict “Sharia zone.”
The businesses claim they’ve been harassed and their shops vandalized by organized groups of teens and young men who are opposed to booze, gambling and other acts that are considered offensive to Sharia, or Islamic law.
“Recently some young men came in and shouted that all the guests should leave. They then shouted that the place belonged to them and that Nørrebro is covered by Sharia, so alcohol is forbidden,” Heidi Dyrnesli, owner of Café Heimdal in Nørrebro, told Radio24syv.
Mucki Bar owner Birgitte Fischer said the roving gangs used stones and firecrackers to smash windows — and then asked her for $9,200 in “protection money,” according to the station.
Inger Støjberg, the federal government’s minister of interrogation, visited the neighborhood of Nørrebro to support local businesses — only to be assailed as a “fascist” and “Nazi” by a handful of protesters.
Støjberg was slurred outside Fischer’s bar — before she told her verbal abusers to go get a job.
“You all have opportunities. You just need an education and to get on and find a job,” Støjberg told the crowd, according to the Dutch newspaper BT.
Protesters accused Støjberg of scoring cheap political points.
“This is populist politics,” one young man said. “You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.”