Here’s an interesting story that took place in June 2010 in Sweden involving a far-right Sweden Democrat (SD) MP, Erik Almqvist, who got rowdy and started hurling racist and sexist insults in public, reports Swedish tabloid Expressen. The MP naturally denied everything until Expressen published today a video confirming what others claimed he said.
After repeated denials, Almqvist wrote on his Facebook page that while he didn’t remember what he said two-and-a-half years ago, he was “greatly remorseful.”
Party chairman Jimmie Åkesson has tried to improve the party’s xenophobic and anti-immigration image by announcing that the SD maintain a strict zero tolerance for racism. As a result of the scandal, Åkesson has asked Almqvist to not only resign from all positions of trust in the party but to consider resigning as MP as well.
Every one knows about the SD’s neo-Nazi roots and their crackpot statements against immigrants and Muslims. Anti-immigration was the most important message of their 2010 campaign. The ad, which was banned in Sweden, is one of many examples of their xenophobia.
As everyone know, in neighboring Finland we have the Perussuomalaiset (PS), a close ideological ally of the SD. Contrary to Sweden, however, PS politicians can get away by saying similar or worse racist insults than Almqvist with little or no consequences.
Here is a link to a Migrant Tales’ blog entry that lists a shameful list of PS party members who got elected to city council thanks to their strong anti-immigration message.