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The newly formed National Democrats merged with the party in July 2007, and the Norwegian Patriots ran for election (only in the county of Vestfold) for its first time in the Norwegian parliamentary election, 2009, where it received a mere 184 votes. The disappointing result lead to the party being "put on ice" for an unknown amount of time. On 23 September however, it was announced that the party was dissolved.
A number of homosexuals were also said to be active in the party. As a homosexual member of the party explained, "what makes the Norwegian Patriots appeal to homosexuals is the opposite racism we experience from Islam and muslims against homosexuals. LLH (Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation) doesn't take up that part. They speak a lot about racism, but not about the racism homosexuals and lesbians experience from Islam.".
On its official website the Norwegian Patriots linked to the websites of some political parties of other countries: National Democrats (Sweden), British National Party (UK), Vlaams Belang (Flanders/Belgium), Lega Nord (Italy) and Party for Freedom (Netherlands).
June 2009 assault
In June 2009, Stop the Islamization of Norway (SIAN) joined by Norwegian Patriots leader Øyvind Heian, were to have a peaceful march against Islam in Oslo. However the demonstration was put to an end even before it had started, as they came in a violent clash with a group of leftist activists. The police later said, however, that only the leftist-activists constituted an active part of the fight.
The Norwegian Patriots claimed that members of the anarcho-communist Blitz-movement and the revolutionary socialist political party Red were among the contributors of the assault. Red Norway's leader Torstein Dahle was also reportedly present at the scene.
August 2009 school debate attack
Øyvind Heian was attacked on August 28, 2009, by far-left organizations and anti-racism initiative SOS Racism, during a school debate in Tønsberg. During much of the debate, items were thrown against the members of the political parties that had shown up. Presumeably hit by a bottle from one of the audience, Heian was left bleeding from his head and had to receive medical aid.
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