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Store is trying to make 'fascism fashionable' say protesters
A second protest has taken place against an “insidious” clothing store which opponents say has links to neo-Nazi groups in Germany.
Anti-fascist campaigners gathered outside Viking Thor, which opened in Ballards Lane, North Finchley last month.
The clothes shop has caused controversy in Germany for using branding similar to symbols used by the Nazi SS. The logo has been banned in Norway and at several football stadiums across Germany.
Hoisting placards with slogans such as 'racist shop not welcome here - Thor Steinar has got to go'; members of Unite Against Fascism collected signatures on a petition to close the store.
Organiser Gary McFarlane told the Times-Series that the shop was making "fascism fashionable".
He said: “The fact it is a store associated with a fascist store in Europe is very worrying to all right-thinking people especially in Finchley which has a predominantly Jewish population.
“It is an insidious attempt to make fascism fashionable and although the man who owns the shop but not the franchise says he is not a fascist but the store he is working for is very much associated with fascism in several countries across Europe.”
Mr McFarlane is also highly concerned that this will allow fascism to get a foothold in the UK.
He added: “We cannot let them get a lever in North London anywhere which they can use as a magnet for people with warped ideas that this is attractive.
“Behind these nicely tailored clothes and nice looking shop, there is this core ideology of fascism. Some people aren’t aware of this shop and that is why we are here to inform people of what is behind this.”
Mr McFarlane is planning to have a public meeting in a bid to close the store and demanding the council and Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer step in and support the campaign.
Passer-by Miranda Smith said: “I had no idea this shop had an underlying message. It looks like any other clothing shop in the area. People aren’t aware how serious this is and I am happy to sign a petition against the shop in Finchley.”
The shop was closed while the protest took place.
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