- There was no terror related event in Sweden last Friday.
But last month there was in fact a terror attack in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Subsequently, Trump tweeted that he was actually referring to a Fox News segment about the situation in Sweden. This segment was in large based on an interview with two Swedish policemen. The policemen have since come out and stated that their answers have been used out of context by Fox News and filmmaker Ami Horowitz, to draw false conclusions. ”[The] filmmaker is a madman” they stated.
We could also show with solid data that the Fox News segment was an erroneous account of the situation in Sweden. Sweden is actually doing quite well, and Sweden’s generous immigration policies are fueling the economic boom that’s taken place in the country over the last five years.
Sweden’s real terror threat
But it is important to note that Sweden does have a domestic terror threat. This threat is posed by neo-Nazi organisations, primarily the The Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR). They are considered one of the biggest domestic threats to national security by the Swedish Security Service.
NMR openly promotes racist and anti-semitic ideology and has vocally opposed non-white immigration to Sweden. The organisations representatives are regularly convicted for hate speech, often thanks to the work of the Swedish legal watchdog Juridikfronten (The Legal Front).
NMR’s objective is to overthrow the democratic society with violence. The organisation was formed in 1997 by former members of the White Aryan Resistance and Folktribunen, a neo-Nazi magazine.
- In January 2017, three NMR-associated neo-Nazis were arrested after an asylum centre in Gothenburg was targeted with a homemade bomb attack on the 5th of January, leaving one person seriously injured.
- During the same month, another neo-Nazi with with connections to NMR was arrested for the bombing of a trade union office in Gothenburg that took place on the 11th of november last year.
- These incidents are not unique. Neo-Nazis in Sweden are connected to almost every terror related incident that has occurred in Sweden during the last two decades. In 2015 a Swedish neo-Nazi was arrested with 550 kilograms of dynamite.
In the footsteps of Behring Breivik
These are terrorist working for the same objective as the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring-Breivik, who on the 22nd of July 2011 detonated a car bomb at the executive government quarter of Norway and went on to open fire at a summer camp organised by the Workers’ Youth League, the youth organisation of the Norwegian social democratic party. The attack claimed 77 lives, leaving 110 injured, 55 of them severely. This was the deadliest terror attack in Scandinavia since World War II.
We hope that the US President will stop endorsing the erroneous narratives about Sweden, that are the basis of this kind of terrorism.