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Swedes Counter Anti-Muslim Rally

Swedish Activists Drive Racists Away

Anti-Racist groups have not taken nicely to attempts by the neo-fascist Swedish Defense League (SDL) to assert their anti-Muslim message in the streets of Malmo.

Swedes Counter Anti-Muslim Rally

Rejecting of their hate message against Muslims, many Swedes have showed up in the southern city of Malmo to protest against a far-right group, leading to abort the anti-Muslim rally.

“There were angry skirmishes after the anti-racists marched from Möllevångstorget square to the Stortorget square around noon, a lot of people seemed ready for a fight,” said The Local’s Patrick Reilly from the scene.

“They were pushing over barricades, setting off flares and some threw bottles, and went up against the police,” he said.

Rejecting of their hate message against Muslims, many Swedes have showed up in the southern city of Malmo to protest against a far-right group, leading to abort the anti-Muslim rally.

“There was also the odd snowball tossed at police.”

Clashes erupted after hundreds of Swedes gathered to counter a planned rally by the far-right Swedish Defence League (SDL).

Some demonstrators used a Eurovision awning on the square to beat out a rhythm, chanting “No racist on our streets”.

One banner hoisted above the march read “No Breivik Soldiers on our streets,” in reference to far-right Norwegian killer, who killed dozens people in twin attacks in Oslo in 2011.

The SDL rally lured only 20 members.

“The SDL were waving a Swedish flag on their way to the square and gave the counter-demonstrators the finger,” Reilly said.

The SDL is a sister group of the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL) and was set up in 2012.

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  • Seeker

    Right you are!
    I thought it was the SDL doing the fighting but that doesn’t seem to have been the case.

  • eslaporte

    LOL!

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  • Stephen G. Parker

    Perhaps I’m reading this wrong; so if someone thinks so and can clarify the article for me, please do so.

    As I read the article, it was not the SDL but rather the “anti-racist” protesters who resorted to bottle throwing and attacking the police in the course of their ‘protest’. Do we really support violent protests, so long as the protesters were ‘on our side’? I don’t. I can’t commend those ‘protesters’ for “fighting against racism” when their ‘fight’ was very literal violence.

    If it were the SDL protesters who were throwing bottles and clashing with police, we would be vociferously denouncing those violent ‘thugs’ – and rightly so. Why are we not doing the same for the “anti-racist” protesters?

    As I said, perhaps I’m misreading the article and it was really the 20 SDL members who were doing all of the angry violence; but it sure did sound to me like that article was saying it was the hundreds of anti-SDL protesters who were the culprits.

  • Talking_fish_head

    Fear paralyzes. Fear disempowers. Fear divides. Fear is anti-democracy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adninf1 Adnin Firdaus

    :D

  • Seeker

    Inspiring stuff ! It’s awesome seeing people come out protesting against hatred in this manner.

  • mindy1

    Yea for those who fight hate :D

  • Talking_fish_head

    Bravo Sweden, the world has no place for these idiots

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