Nazis are marching in Sweden, Nazis are holding political rallies in Sweden and the authority does nothing. This would have been impossible ten years ago.
And make no mistake: This is made possible by the Swedish Democrats!
By skewering perceptions and pushing moral boundaries, the Swedish Democrats (SD) have opened the way for the Nazis.
Have a look at the picture: these are all the political parties up for election in Sweden this September, all 8 of them.
Nearest the Nazi root is the NMR (Nordic Resistance Movement). Responsible for at least 3 bomb attacks, multiple shootings, stabbings, grievous bodily harm, threats, manufacturing of guns, weapons training, concealed weapons... And yet are allowed to hold political rallies in Sweden every day.
With their lapdogs “Nordic Youth” (NY) - they intimidate, harass and expose anti-fascists online and in real life.
It's gotten to the point where anti-fascist daren't walk around on their own in certain areas of Sweden.
Anti-fascist activists have been beaten, stabbed, harassed and even intimidated out of their own homes. And the Swedish police does virtually nothing. Well, apart from protecting the Nazis that is.
94 year old Holocaust survivor and lifelong anti-fascist activist Hédi Fried puts it this way: “Sweden has become a country where I am no longer certain I will get help when I am threatened.”
The Alternativ för Sverige (Alternative for Sweden/ AFS) are in a way worse. It was formed out of people who thought SD and NMR were too weak. They have explicit Nazi/racist propaganda pre-election pamphlets and banners. They are just as violent, if not more, than the NMR. The most visible difference is the use of suit clad men and blond, blue-eyed “bombshells” on their stands.
They also call upon vicious thugs from NMR and NY on rallies.
Swedish Democrats has been exposed time and time again having deep connections with the NMR, AFS and NY. SD members, electorates and others, are active members in several Nazi organizations and often use the most violent thugs from the Nazi parties/groups as guards on rallies.
What we have witnessed in these pre-election times is that the election-authorities as well as the Swedish police support and facilitate the SD. Time and time again the SD are granted permission to have anything they oppose to being removed near where they are holding rallies. A Muslim market-stall owner was removed, public libraries emptied of visible LGBTQ flags, books and material. (During Pride week no less), public Pride flags or banners the Nazis find “too political”.
(The Nazis' own banners are of course no problem, only freedom of speech...)
SD officials have physically attacked members of the public who wouldn't take their propaganda leaflets. One SD councillor proclaims the Syrian war is fake, it's just not happening and the refugees are just money grabbing filth ... SD leadership says he is entitled to his views, "free speech."
Medborgerlig Samling (Citizens gathering/MED) is another Nazi splinter party. As with the others they enlist the help of NMR, NY and AFS on rallies.
One of the MED's female electorates is the horrible Katerina Janouch (Katerina Janouchová) originally from Prague, Czeck republic, came to Sweden in 1974. Among other things she is a children's books author, and you can only imagine what ideas she can put into children's heads.
She is truly frightening to observe. She has that insane passion for the Nazi ideology that sends you right back to Germany in the 1930s. It's bone chilling! And nothing else exists for her.
With the help of friends all around the world she collects and spreads far-right lies about Sweden (no go zones etc).
The other five political parties are also Nazi at base, with varying degrees of violent measures and ways to reach their ultimate goals. Mainly how to get rid of foreigners, LGBTQs, anti-racists/ anti-fascists, teachers, librarians, police, politicians and journalists.
The main political threat is still SD. Their members are actively supporting the other seven Nazi parties and other Nazi organizations.
"The Jew is the root of all evil.. but of course we will fight all evil in our country, like negros, camel-leaders, pedos and other violent people", said SD elect Jörgen Fogelkou.
We can, without hesitation, say the NMR the Swedish Democrats' extended arm, their Storm Troops (sturmabteilung) .
While the SD limits their most vile propaganda to emails, comments on social media and news sites. The NMR takes it to the streets, direct action.
A third of Swedens journalists, scientists, authors and actors work under constant threat from mostly the likes of NMR/NY.
Mosques, refugee shelters, immigrants home and businesses, cars are burned down regularly by the Nazis. The SD agitates for this to happen, so that they can blame the foreigners and NMR are happy to oblige.
SD supports the NMR with donations, members of the SD are patrons of the Nazi organization and help spread their horrible propaganda.
What the eight parties have in common is their nazi roots.
While the SD officially want every foreigner, arriving in Sweden after 1970, thrown out. NMR, AFS and the others want every foreigner out, no matter what.
NMR has a facility planned to determine ethnic origin. And only those with a pure Nordic ethnic origin will be allowed to stay. (Scandinavia's own indigenous people, nor our travellers community. is not Nordic enough for them).
Then we have varying degrees of purity within Nordic ethnicity: those who are the purest will live in the towns. The others will live outside of the towns, breeding pure Nordic children and making certain the purest of the pure in the towns lack nothing.
Anyone found to be not Nordic enough, or opposed to the Nazi ideology will be put in camps, where they will work and starve to death.
Journalists, politicians, LGBTQs, anti-fascists and those who openly fight the Nazis will be hung from lampposts.
Only Nazi-friendly and Nordic glorifying arts and journalism will be allowed.
Court systems will be abolished and replaced by a Nordic Elite, elected from and by the purest of Nordic ethnicity.
Only they can decide on anything and everything.
Children will be raised in the Nazi ideology from day one, by others if need be, ideally in homes where the indoctrination can be unhindered. They are taught weapons handling and to report on people not following nazi propaganda or ideology.
And remember: this is ongoing already in Nazi communities in Sweden today!
Swedish children of Nazi parents are being indoctrinated from toddler age and up. We have seen schools besieged by Nazis with banners, bengal lights and screaming vile Nazi slogans. Teachers, staff and pupils harassed, intimidated and threatened for speaking out against Nazis.
But ... all this can get so infinitely worse after the 9th of September.
The Swedish Democrats has paved the way for the Nazis.
And to be honest: it's not looking good ...
The Nazis have splintered up into many political parties, which makes it less likely that one party will get enough votes to get into Parliament. But we know they are all together on this, and could shift party allegiance as quickly as they want to.
The opposition seams too frightened to do anything, and we see law and law enforcement too busy giving the Nazis permission and protection than to protect it's people.
We see prominent Swedish police officials agitate for murder of foreigners, even tips on how to do it, on social media ... When people object to having Nazis on the force, they are silenced as this was said on the police's own time and timeline.
And these are the people who allow Nazis to march, hold rallies, kill, wound and threaten people on a regular business!
In the words of a fellow female anonymous activist from Sweden:
I wrote about the Swedish Democrats and the NMR once, and my inbox was filled with threats, hate. I was to be raped, burned, strangled, fucked, assassinated, torn asunder, fucked with knife ... And this was said by people who claim to protect women, who profess hatred towards women is something foreign men bring along.
So yes: You should worry about what is happening in Sweden!
In fact: you should be terrified!
Because it just might become Europe's Nazi stronghold after the 9th of September 2018.
➽Eva Sennesvik has been an antifascist & human rights activist since the early 80’s, spent 10 years lobbying for a fairer society in Scandinavian countries and is currently involved in helping paperless refugees here in Bergen Norway. She writes speeches and pieces for public use on our escalating social problems and the extreme right's dangerous popularity.