ANTI-FASCISTS gathered in Ballards Lane, Finchley in north London last Friday night to protest at the opening of the “Thor Viking” clothes shop which sells the “Thor Steiner brand of clothing favoured by neo-Nazis.
Finchley is at the heart of London’s Jewish community and the Thor Steiner store there calls itself the Thor Viking Shop.
Jewish and Islamic groups in the multicultural suburb have expressed concerns that the shop will attract far-right supporters and inflame tensions, but there are additional fears shoppers may be oblivious of its right-wing roots.
Thor Steiner shops in Germany have been closed down because of the chain’s links to the far right extremists. One of the shops called itself “Brevik” after far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
The arrival of the shop was welcomed by the white power website Stormfront, where users posted that "London gets its first white nationalist clothing shop". A number of users of the website pledged to visit the store.
One poster responded: "I hate north London. It's full of Jews", while a number of users made comments about shooting Jewish people.