A quote from Fjordman in a comment at the Gates of Vienna blog, 20 September 2008
Mayor [Fritz] Schramma [of Cologne] should resign immediately. It is nothing less than an international disgrace that after Germany has been freed from the Nazis and the Communists, the authorities in a major city in the largest country in Europe kneel to totalitarian thugs and allow them to rule the streets.
The rabid and violent Antifa people [self-styled “anti-fascists”] were deliberately allowed by the authorities to harass those who are critical of the official pro-Islamic policies. This confirms my long-held suspicion that the violent extreme Leftist goons who assault immigration critics are a prolonged arm of the state. AFA in Sweden openly brag about regular physical attacks against people they don't like. They have been doing this for years. The media and the authorities know about it and do nothing. They like it, plain and simple.
A quote from Associated Press, 20 September 2008
German police clashed with [“anti-fascist”] counter-demonstrators in Cologne before authorities banned a right-wing nationalist group from staging a rally Saturday against plans to build a big mosque in the city. At least one officer was injured. Some of the counter-demonstrators lunged for officers' pistols while others threw stones and firecrackers.
A quote from the French press agency AFP, 20 September 2008
The [“anti-fascist”] counter-protest, called by trade unions, churches and anti-racist movements, saw thousands of students, families and local businessmen and women carry signs with slogans including "No to Racism" and "Cologne is rebelling!" They disrupted the Pro-Koeln congress, ensuring less than 50 delegates were able to return to the meeting on Saturday morning.
Mayor Fritz Schramma, whose city council gave the green light for the construction of the huge mosque, slammed Pro-Koeln as "arsonists and racists" hiding under the cloak of a "citizens' movement" in a speech earlier Saturday.
Meanwhile, around 150 bars in Cologne stopped selling Pro-Koeln members the local Kolsch beer with some taxi and bus drivers also refusing to transport delegates to the congress.
One hotel even cancelled bookings made by "undesirables."
On Friday, several hundred opponents of the congress formed a human chain around a mosque in solidarity with the Muslim minority, which numbers more than three million in Germany, or four percent of the population.
Cologne Gives In to Violence after Mayor Calls for Intolerance, 20 September 2008
Cologne: A Tale of Two Mayors, 20 September 2008