Copenhagen evicts notorious Islamic organisation

Hizb ut-Tahrir won’t be undermining democracy in state-owned premises anymore

Copenhagen Municipality has informed the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir that it is no longer welcome to use state-funded rooms and locations for its dealings.

The news comes just days after the government altered the public information law in a bid to cripple associations and groups that aim to undermine democracy in Denmark.

“I’m a happy man,” Carl Christian Ebbesen, the city’s deputy mayor for culture and leisure, told Altinget newspaper.

“Now we can finally prohibit extremist and democracy-undermining organisations from using the municipality’s premises.”

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Grim reading for Grimhøj
The law change – which gained the support of Venstre, Socialdemokraterne, Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance, Socialistisk Folkeparti and Konservative – means that organisations such as Hizb ut-Tahrir won’t be able to receive public support or rent/loan state-owned premises in the future.

The culture minister, Bertel Haarder, said that the new law could also be used to curb the notorious Grimhøj Mosque in Aarhus and other extremists, such as neo-Nazi groups.

Hizb ut-Tahrir – which has declared its goal is to replace democratic society with a caliphate and establish the radical Islamic sharia law – has already been banned in a number of countries.