Racism scandal rips far-right Sweden Democrats

by , under Enrique

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.

 

  1. Happy

    It is a disgrace to democracy that this commercial was banned.

    Yes, it is a disgrace to humanity that your narrow mindedness prevents you from realising that there is nothing wrong in being racially or culturally different. Yes, it is a disgrace that someone like you, with access to the internet and all the information that you can read about different peoples still supports racism.
    Well, YOU are the disgrace to democracy.

  2. Farang

    Yes, it is a disgrace to humanity that your narrow mindedness prevents you from realising that there is nothing wrong in being racially or culturally different.

    Do you understand what you actually just said? You draw the correlation between muslim immigrant women and living off welfare. So basically YOU yourself have the prejudice that muslim immigrant women are living off welfare. This happens when you are sloppy, you reveal your true thoughts.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –Do you understand what you actually just said? You draw the correlation between muslim immigrant women and living off welfare. So basically YOU yourself have the prejudice that muslim immigrant women are living off welfare. This happens when you are sloppy, you reveal your true thoughts.

      This makes no sense.

    • Mark

      Farang

      Do you understand what you actually just said? You draw the correlation between muslim immigrant women and living off welfare.

      Happy does no such thing. What does that say about you and how you interpet his words? Show me exactly how you got from Happy’s words to that nonsense about correlations between immigrants and welfare?

      It seems that you just want to mention the words ‘welfare’ and ‘immigrant’ in the same breath, whether it’s relevant to the conversation or not.

      This reveals a mind trained in the vile arts of nationalist propoganda. Now that is a link I can justify!

  3. Farang

    Happy does no such thing. What does that say about you and how you interpet his words? Show me exactly how you got from Happy’s words to that nonsense about correlations between immigrants and welfare?

    Yes he does. The only way one can make such comments about that video is if he sees that welfare abusing is a cultural attribute related to muslim immigrants.

    I can tell you why: That video was about welfare abusing. Happy said that this video is wrong because it attacks racially and culturally muslims. Therefore it was Happy who draw the equivalence between muslims and welfare abusing.

    • Mark

      Farang

      Yes he does.

      No he doesn’t. 😀

      The only way one can make such comments about that video is if he sees that welfare abusing is a cultural attribute related to muslim immigrants.

      Now you are confusing everyone. What comments do you refer to? Happy’s comment was that this is a disgrace and that you are a disgrace for defending it. Why can you not be as clear as Happy?

      No, you just want to come here and spread your Nazi propoganda.

      This video is an absolute disgrace – it’s so ridiculous its almost pythonesque! It could easily pass for satire of Far Right propoganda. This video is designed to stimulate an emotional reaction, pure and simple, and one of hatred towards Muslims.

      The really fucking sad part is that the message of this video is so powerful that it is really hard to challenge this kind of propoganda – try to tell the truth and it easily gets lost as just a lot of words. This does not represent the situation in Sweden. For a start, women wearing full hijab is quite rare in Sweden, second there are far more native Swedish pensioners in Sweden than there are minority hijab-wearing Muslim women. Third, there is no link between pension levels and other welfare benefits, so the idea a little old lady is somehow directly competing with immigrants for state support is just a plain old lie.

      This film is just funny as hell, but some sad bastards who haven’t a clue about the society they live in and cannot think for themselves are going to swallow it hook line and sinker.

      And that’s where you come in Farang – our resident Nazi stooge.

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