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Neo-nazis on the rise in Sweden | DW English
11 May 2017
Far-right groups in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries are gaining ground. There are growing calls from their ranks for a Nordic revolution. And they are not afraid to use violence to support these racist views.
From The Local in Sweden today:
The leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD) insists he did not know about accusations of sex crimes within the party, but the MP who raised the alarm countered that he is lying.
On Monday, Hanna Wigh revealed she was quitting the party to become an independent MP, saying she was silenced by bosses after raising the alarm over sexual harassment and groping by colleagues.
An SD MP since 2014, Wigh told TV4 documentary ‘Kalla Fakta’ that the problems started in 2012 when a party member allegedly harassed her and several other female colleagues.
When she did decide to comment on a further incident – a leaked internal security report from 2016 where women in the party who had told of sexual harassment were dismissed as “sick”, “clingy” or “drunk” – Wigh says she was called to a meeting with party leader Jimmie Åkesson who expressed his disappointment that she had talked to the media. Wigh also told the programme that another SD MP sexually assaulted her, but she did not report the incident to the police out of fear of the consequences.
On Tuesday, Åkesson made the rounds on Sweden’s breakfast TV shows and insisted he had still not been told by Wigh who the person she was accusing is.
“Right now we’re flying blind and we have to find out who it is. We’ll assume that it’s true, and that there’s therefore a rapist running around our premises, which we of course don’t want,” Åkesson told Aftonbladet Morgon.
“I appeal to Hanna Wigh to explain who it is so we can deal with it. We didn’t know about this before,” he continued.
But in an interview on the same day, Wigh said she met Åkesson while attending TV4’s breakfast show on Tuesday morning and told him who the person was – before he went on air to speak with Aftonbladet Morgon.
“He’s lying. He got the name from me. I met him in TV4’s corridor this morning and we had a conversation where I explained who it is. I also explained when and how it happened,” she told Nyheter24.
SD filed a police report about the sexual assault accusation on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon the party’s press chief Henrik Vinge told newspaper Expressen that the MP who is subject to the accusation is taking a “time out” and will leave the Riksdag:
“He explained what happened and that he wants to fully cooperate in the investigation”.
A preliminary investigation has now been launched by the special prosecution office of the Swedish Prosecution Authority.
“After hearing what the woman has said in the media I have made the assessment that there is reason to suppose that a sexual crime has been committed. I will now take investigative measures to secure the evidence in the case. We need to get in touch with the plaintiff in order to offer her support in the form of counsel for an injured party,” Maria Sterup from the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in statement.
Also from The Local in Sweden today:
Mosque gutted in suspicious fire: Örebro, Sweden
An arrest has been made after a blaze raged through a mosque in central Sweden during the early hours of Tuesday.
Firefighters were called to the mosque in the Vivalla area of Örebro shortly after 2am on Tuesday. Five hours later they were still battling the flames, which threatened to consume large parts of the building. …
The Sunni mosque was attacked in 2014, when someone threw a bottle with flammable contents through a window. However, a fire did not break out as a result.
Members of far-right Swedish party caught making anti-Semitic statements online: here.