These are the terror attacks that actually took place in Sweden

  1. There was no ter­ror rela­ted event in Sweden last Friday. 

But last month the­re was in fact a ter­ror attack in Gothenburg, Sweden.

We recent­ly wro­te about Donald Trumps remarks during a spee­ch in Orlando, Florida, whe­re he see­med to sta­te that the­re had been a ter­ror attack in Sweden last Friday. This was not true. 

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.

Swedish neo-Nazis at gathering

Photo: Nazi gat­he­ring at med­bor­gar­plat­sen, licen­sed accor­ding to CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 © Anna_t 

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.

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.

The fea­tu­red pho­to of this post is Streets of Gothenburg by © Maria Eklind licen­sed accor­ding to CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 

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