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AlJazeera: Sweden far-right plans gay parade in mainly Muslim area


By Fatma Naib, AlJazeera English

An unofficial gay Pride parade organised by a right-wing nationalist is planned for July 29 to run through a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood with a large Muslim population.

The event is making the headlines in the country and globally for all the wrong reasons.

Pride Järva is organised by Jan Sjunnesson, a former editor-in-chief of Samtiden, a web-magazine owned by Sweden Democrats (SD), the anti-immigration party that became the third largest political party in the Swedish parliament following the 2014  general election.

Sjunnesson is also the editor of website Avpixlat, often described in mainstream Swedish media as a xenophobic and far-right website.

The planned parade has attracted criticism from the official Pride organisers, Sweden’s LGBT federation, and anti-racism groups.

They believe the agenda behind this parade organised by the far-right is to try to provoke Muslims in the predominantly immigrant areas.

In a joint statement released to Al Jazeera, the official Stockholm Pride and the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) said they were distancing themselves from the initiative.

“Jan Sjunnesson has for a long time made himself known as a person who’s spreading hatred towards Muslims on social media [and] who’s not supporting LGBT rights.

“The magazine Expo in February published a compilation in which they, among other things, showed how Sjunnesson … had shared an American film where Muslims were described as paedophiles and homosexuals and a ‘Satanistic threat against society’ who should be deported,” the statement said.

Read the full statement here.

Sjunnesson, a¬†57-year-old father of one, told Al Jazeera he rejected the claims that he is “homophobic” and “racist”.

“I am not homophobic, the media made these remarks about me. I used to be bisexual, now I am married to an Indian woman, so I am not racist either,” he said.

“However, I am against the Islamisation of Sweden.”

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  • Capt. J.B. Hennessy

    Probably already recruited by ISIL.

  • 1DrM

    Don’t expect a response from the homosexual hypocrite.

  • Capt. J.B. Hennessy

    And exactly what is being done about the sex slave industry in the West?

    How many Christian Pastors or Popes have condemned sex slavery in Israel?

    The U.S. State Department’s “Trafficking in Persons Report, 2012” and “Trafficking in Persons Report, 2013” raised Israel’s rank to Tier 1 after having ranked Israel Tier 2 between 2007 to 2011. Human trafficking in Israel includes the trafficking of men and women into the country for forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation.

    The 2010 Trafficking in Persons report described the United States as, “a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons debt bondage, and forced prostitution.”

    The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) has been suspected of trafficking underage women across state lines, as well as across the US and Canada.

    Slavery had been abolished in Egypt in August 1877. And in 1882 Ottoman firman abolishes all forms of slavery, white or black.

    1922: Morocco abolishes slavery.

    1923: Afghanistan abolishes slavery.

    1924: Iraq abolishes slavery.

    1928: Iran abolishes slavery.

    Virtually ten years after Afghanistan abolishes slavery. Italian General Emilio De Bono proclaims slavery to be abolished in the Ethiopian Empire in 1935. And Britain abolishes slavery in Northern Nigeria in 1936.

  • Capt. J.B. Hennessy

    If you think Muslims really hate gays then you need to talk to some US soldiers. Secondly vigilantism is forbidden in Islam. It isn’t Muslims who stab gays at a Pride Parade.

  • The greenmantle

    Meanwhile in the UK there have been attempts by the local Loons mostly the head of the the so called “Sharia Watch ” organisation to copy Pammy and hold a cartoon competition in the UK their choce of venue Bradford ,East London etc etc ( for readers across the pond think areas Dearbourne only with less money ) Unfortunetly their plans were leaked to “Hope not Hate ” and now the leaders of the plan have all fallen out with each other …again .

    Toodle Pip

    Sir David

  • HerrSkolly

    Paraphrase: Hey, let’s pit the hated against the other hated, only to mislead the hated into assisting us in the demise of the other hated – because all that are hated are so in need of approval from we, “the Superior”. We cannot live and let live. No “To each his own”. We judge for we are god.


  • AJ

    Well, they have the evil intention in mind when they choose a specific area – we are just being problem-solvers and compassionate.

  • AJ

    Nah… I am perfect!

  • Hasan karim

    The best way to approach this situation is just to

    ignore them.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    But of course. Fascists are nothing but frauds and hypocrites.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    What horrible hypocrites and frauds those rightist populists are.
    By the way, in Germany there were rightist/Neonazi factions in various L√§nder parliaments, especially in the East. They didn’t achieve much and were soon voted out.
    I hope in Denmark, Netherlands and France people will soon realize that the fascists will contribute nothing constructive.
    The problem is that they will institute inhuman, discriminatory, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-minority legislation and measures as we have seen with the minaret ban and the anti-headscarf or anti-veil legislation in Switzerland and France, and are seeing now with the fascist-dominated Hungarian government building a “rabbit-proof fence” along the border with Serbia. And it will be very difficult or impossible to get rid of such legislation and measures. When the damage has been done it’s very hard to undo it, even unser the best of circumstances.
    Of course in the Balkans and elsewhere outside Europe they do things a little different and there the response must be adequate.

  • AJ

    If I hated them, why would I try to improve them? ūüôā

  • Jekyll

    Dayum!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL nailed yo!!!

  • mindy1


  • Heinz Catsup
  • sasboy

    The best way to handle this kind of situation is to ignore it fully. If these people can march with Muslims ignoring them, it will be infinitely more difficult for them to garner cheap popularity by playing the victim card.

  • Reynardine

    W’llgee, Geert sure has a purty haido n’all.

  • Joe Sixpack
  • AJ

    Perfect opportunity to proslelytize and pass handouts about Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah! ūüôā

  • mindy1

    Oh the irony :/

  • The greenmantle

    pink triangles all round ?

    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    A rainbow-colored Gleiwitz incident! How charming! And I doubt a single person in this beribboned costume party will actually be gay.

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