Jewish organisation says store associated with neo-Nazis is not welcome in North Finchley (From Times Series)
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Community Security Trust says Thor Steinar's Viking Thor Shop is not welcome in North Finchley
An organisation set up to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitism has spoken out after a clothing brand associated with the far-right opened a store in North Finchley.
Controversy has surrounded the brand, which was banned in Germany in 2004 for using symbols similar to those worn by the Nazi SS.
Thor Steinar has since rebranded, but anti-fascist protesters have continued to lobby its stores.
Community Security Trust, an organisation set up to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitism and terrorism, has already received a number of complaints about the new North Finchley store.
Speaking to the Times Series, Mark Gardner, director of communications for CST, said: “CST has taken a number of enquiries from concerned members of the public. Obviously we share those concerns.
“We do not want or need this shop in the middle of a happy and peaceful, multi-cultural north London neighbourhood.
“We hope that it moves on as quickly as possible.”
The store’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, previously told the newspaper he did not understand the controversy around the brand and denied its links to the far-right.
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