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Far-right leader speaks of growing European anger


The leader of a British far-right group to which Anders Behring Breivik claims links called the attacks a sign of growing anger in Europe against Muslim immigrants, while a politician in a party in Italy’s governing coalition called some of the gunman’s ideas “great.”

Following a wave of near universal revulsion against the attacks, the comments were among the first public statements that appeared to defend the extremist views that drove the Norwegian gunman to carry out the massacre.

Stephen Lennon, leader of the English Defense League (EDL), told reporters on Tuesday that he does not condone Breivik’s rampage, but “the fact that so many people are scared — people have to listen to that.”

“What happened in Oslo shows how desperate some people are becoming in Europe,” Lennon, 28, said. “It’s a ticking time bomb. If they don’t give that frustration and anger a platform as such and a voice — and a way of getting emotion out in a democratic way — it will create monsters like this lunatic.”

Backtracking on earlier denials of any link to Breivik, Lennon said he was in touch with regional EDL leaders to find out whether the gunman had contact with members of the group as he claims in his sprawling manifesto. He says so far, police haven’t come knocking on his door to investigate or to ask questions about his members.

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