On April 28th, 2014, the Norwegian police arrested Kjell Gunnar Larsen, a Norwegian revolutionary communist and chief executive officer of SOS Racism. SOS Racism is an organization dedicated to fighting the growth of racism and fascism in Norway, in particular the growth of white supremacist organizations. His house was raided and the police seized his personal belongings. Kjell Larsen, in his role as an anti-racist anti-fascist activist, along with his organization, have been harassed for a few years by the Norwegian police under the guise of allegations regarding financial improprieties.

This arrest, of course, is not surprising inasmuch that the Minister of Justice and Public Security in Norway is a member of the racist Fremskridtspartiet. Fremskridtspartiet is the party that the fascist mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who committed a massacre of Norwegian Labour Party youth members at a summer camp and exploded bombs in Oslo in 2011, was a member of. Indeed, although Breivik later found the Fremskridtspartiet to be too “liberal” for his tastes, the party’s expressed anti-immigrant politics resonated with him. Thus, it is not surprising that a Minister of Justice appointed by this racist anti-immigrant party would deem the largest anti-racist pro-immigrant organizations in Norway a threat to their political platform and organize the harassment of their activists and leaders.

We call for the immediate release of Kjell Gunnar Larsen and an end to the harassment of anti-racist activists and organizations in Norway. Furthermore, we demand that the Minister of Justice and Public Security resign because of his unacceptable use of his office to stifle debate and protest on fundamentally important issues like racism and immigration in Norway.

PCR-RCP Canada
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