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Brussels outrage over Lund 'slave auction'

Published: 22 Apr 2011 17:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Apr 2011 17:02 GMT+02:00

What began as a tasteless student joke in Lund has now elevated and seized the attention of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

The organisation, based in Brussels, wrote an open letter to Sweden's Minister for Democracy and European Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson expressing its utter disgust at the "slave auction" in Lund.

The incident took place last Saturday at a “jungle party” party organised by the student organization Halland Nation, where three people with blackened faces and lynching ropes around their necks were led into the hall by a white "slave trader."

“Te ENAR condemns without reservation such actions and stresses that such behaviour is totally unacceptable in a country of long Human Rights tradition such as Sweden,” said ENAR Chairperson Inari Chibo Onyeji and its director Michael Privot in the letter to the Swedish minister.

The organisation requested that the Swedish government take action to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.

“As these crimes are motivated by racial hatred the Swedish government is obliged to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of members of minority communities,” the letter added.

Finally the ENAR, a network composed of more than 700 organizations working to combat racism in all EU member states, reminds Ohlsson that 2011 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the Year For People of African Descent.

All member countries should, therefore, make every effort this year to ensure that people of African descent have the opportunity to fully enjoy their economic, cultural, civil, social and political rights.

"The time to demonstrate real commitment has come for the Swedish government, " the letter said.

Last weekend’s party was attended by around 90 people. The "slaves" were then sold during the course of the evening and the party moved on to Helsingkrona union.

The incident further escalated last Wednesday after Jallow Momodou, the member of the National Afro-Swedish Association (Afrosvenskarnas riksförbund) who reported the two affiliated student associations, became subjected to racial slurs and posters featuring his face superimposed on the image of a naked man in chains.

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17:45 April 22, 2011 by HYBRED
It just goes to show that some people just don't have a sense of humor.
18:00 April 22, 2011 by bolababu
@HYBRED;

How about i make a screenplay about a 65 year old swedish man fondling 7 year old boys and girls? ..or a swedish married woman combing bars looking for poor immigrants to satiate her sexual lust?

Don't take me seriously now, i am sure you have a great sense of humor so enjoy my jokes!
18:18 April 22, 2011 by HYBRED
@bolababu

The last I checked the article mentioned nothing about a child molester or a horny Swedish woman.

And I dont take you seriously.
18:23 April 22, 2011 by Ballercom
Swedes are racist. The further you go north the more racist they are.
18:28 April 22, 2011 by mkvgtired
I completely understand someone getting upset. My problem is the fact that they are going to be prosecuted. If someone is an idiot long enough they tend to be marginalized anyway, no prosecution necessary.
18:33 April 22, 2011 by Syftfel
"As these crimes are motivated by racial hatred the Swedish government is obliged to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of members of minority communities," the letter added. - Yeah. Like exiting the European Union! Especially the Schengen Agreement. If this what we pay these idiots in Brussels to do to, heaven help us. One would think the bureaucrats in Brussels have more important things to do than to tackle some infantile students who in their drunken stupor lose their minds.
19:00 April 22, 2011 by darky
This thing is an illness of the Scandinavia. Sweden, Denmark, Norway all manifest racist acts. I am not so sure about Finland cos I don't know. The Danes seem the best of them. They are a little bit hospitable but the racism can never fully be masked.
19:11 April 22, 2011 by Swedesmith
@Ballercom...then go south.
20:14 April 22, 2011 by Nilspet
Actually racism is nothing new in Sweden (and everywhere in the world). However most Swedes do not like admitting it. They would tell you that no no .. no racism here. For those who know Swedish .. there is something known as "smygracism" which is not so harmful (no violence) but it is bad enough that some people do have this attitude (and this leads to discriminations). The BIG question to answer, I think, is whether the situation with regard to racism in Sweden is getting better or getting worse. Personally I think the majority of Swedes are less racist and are better at living side by side with people of other races, culture, .... More Swedes than ever have seen the world outside Sweden and probably understand it better. These days you will meet lots of young Swedes hanging (making) out with people of other races happily. Thousands of Swedish men are happily married to women from Asia, Africa and Latin America, etc. So it seems that we are getting better at integration but maybe I am wrong? The worst incident in Sweden I experienced with racism was about 12 years ago on the train: a young couple got on the train and they were to sit opposite to an African family (father, mother and kid) ... to my utmost disgust they said explicitly something quite horrible about African people and then they walked away and (probably) sat somewhere else. I was sitting adjacent to the family, and my jaw dropped to the floor ... if I were police I would probably press charges against such the racist speech but I did not want to give a daxx as it seems that the African couple did not understand what the racist couple was saying but I think they felt the unfriendliness towards them. After that I never experienced anything like that again but I know some south Asian students who told me that they were spit on by racist guys (probably neo narcists) at night. However this recent incident in Lund suggested that it may be getting worse as that was among the elites i.e. Lund Unviversity's students. So it is no surprise that the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) took up this matter seriously.
22:19 April 22, 2011 by DAVID T
ENAR Chairperson Inari Chibo Onyeji from Brussels? A very Flemish name
22:28 April 22, 2011 by planet.sweden
@y mkvgtired

"I completely understand someone getting upset. My problem is the fact that they are going to be prosecuted. If someone is an idiot long enough they tend to be marginalized anyway, no prosecution necessary."

I agree. There are several aspects of the EU's response which are disturbing.

For one to attribute the student's actions to "hate" is assuming alot. They were being insensitive prats, but there's no indication that they were motivated by hate, anymore than Prince Harry was expressing or being motivated by hatred of Jewish people when he foolishly donned a nazi uniform for a student fancy dress party.

The ENAR also refer to the students actions as 'criminal'. Really? The last time I heard anyone refer to the antics of students at a party as criminal he was representing the German Democratic Republic, informally called East Germany.

Thirdly, having unilaterally acted as judge and jury on this issue (while not being within a 1,000 miles of the incident) and decreeing it a product of race hatred, the ENAR then demand that the Swedish government arrest the students involved.

ENAR also makes hay out of the fact that the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the Year For People of African Descent. Well jee whiz. No one at the UN general assembly is elected, and as far as I'm concerned they speak for no one but themselves. For them it may be the "Year for People of African Descent" but for me it is not. I also strongly resent the ENAR issuing dicatorial decrees to soverign democratic states like this. They should butt out. The other members, the tyrants, the thugs and the crooks that most of them represent have a lot to learn from Sweden, but from the UN, or the EU for that matter, Sweden has nothing to learn.
22:56 April 22, 2011 by DAVID T
Chibo Onyeji, a Nigerian writer/poet of Igbo and English expression
23:27 April 22, 2011 by saraswed
@ david T "Chibo Onyeji, a Nigerian writer/poet of Igbo and English

expression"

what is the point ??i do not get it .please arrive before i say whatever i have to you .does that make him inferior ??? being Nigerian ??? your name is David i guess you don't believe in God irony ???right .don't make yourself a fool
00:09 April 23, 2011 by Nemesis
I am glad to see that ENAR is getting involved.

There is far to much indirect racism and institutional tolerance of racism in Sweden. Highlighting that fact and bringing it into the public domain is the first step in dealing with the problem.

One thing to remember in Sweden is that it was only in 1976 that the racial hygiene laws were removed from the statute books. 63000 people, mostly ethnic Sami women were sterilised under those laws.
01:26 April 23, 2011 by LeoKinmann
And as a reminder, the world's first "racial biology", the pseudo-science taken seriously as legitimate science, was founded by Herman Lundborg from Uppsala University before WWII. One day some German visitors came and got interested in his teachings... Next you know, Hitler and the Holocaust.

Not surprising anymore. Sweden used to be a bastion of "racism justified by science". The forced sterilization of ethnic minority was practices, just as Nemesis mentioned. All the Swedish textbooks used to be pretty racist in the 70s.
02:28 April 23, 2011 by jostein
Fun stuff! Lets hope these fools curry support at Brussels and Brussels takes legal action against sweden. Them maybe we can be rid of the brussel mandarins and their sinister ways.
04:34 April 23, 2011 by MichiganLady
Insensitivity doesn't feel like hate speech...till you're the object of the sick jokes. Why is it so hard for some people to allow victims to feel what they feel? Too busy being defensive to notice that someone else's opinion really does count for something as if--dare I say it?--they were actually equal?

When you tell people they have no sense of humor then you go on to outline how they OUGHT to feel, you're sort of proving their point: racism exists.
07:00 April 23, 2011 by wenddiver
Oh yah right, like nobody else who went to college ever went to a party dressed as a werewolf slave and his girl friend as a Mini--skirted SS Woman! I guess that only happens at LSU.

God, I hate hypocrates, what is the point of an expensive education if you don't try new things. For Gods sake, leave the children alone, arrest the Bureaucrats.

I think it's good that the children can entertain themselves without dangerous drugs, lets not interfer with a bunch of dangerous laws that restrict indvidual liberties and destroy our ability to have fun. Let's not let a couple of Marxist no funs in Brussels or unenlightened third worlders destroy our education system.

Isn't an attack on the University system that produced our Western culture an attack on all of us. I feel sorry for people who refuse to participate in the greatest system for distributing knowledge, because they refuse to attend the weekly toga parties,Pirate dress ups, slave auctions, bing drinking, and wild pig sex we call university.

To remove the Master and Servant type parties from the University would be a fatal blow to our liberal, democratic, enlighted tradition in education.

What next, not allow University Fraternities to dress up Confederate Officers and their dates as Southern Belles? Perish the thought, if we can't stand up for higher education, what can we stand for.

Anybody who interfers with he right of a young College girl to buy the slave of her choice, and do whaever she wants to them obviously is a Marxist monster and should be expelled from the country.

Lets all support the rights of young Swedish girls to temporarily own slaves for their entertainment and the advancement of Western Culture.
08:49 April 23, 2011 by eton75
Sweden is racist and will always be ! I have nothing good to say about the place after fourteen years !
08:50 April 23, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
If you truly believe that it was a joke made by the students in Lund, something is wrong with all of those who believes this, because, under my point of view, they found a disguised way to show just a tiny part of the racism Swedes enjoy since the times of Jurasic Park.
09:19 April 23, 2011 by ooh456
I'm sorry but this is not a story. It's a troll. Let the students figure out their own mistakes.
10:27 April 23, 2011 by technoviking
This whole thing was absolutely disgusting but sending in the thought police to arrest people is even more disgusting

Free speech means free even if you dont like it and it's coming from a-holes.
11:19 April 23, 2011 by Dave N
The people condemning these students are the real racists. They are only making a fuss because whitey "blacked up" - in reality a trivial matter, but a terrible crime in the eyes of the Politically Correct and far, far more important to Brussels, it would seem, than riots, muggings and rape.

If they had pretended to be Greek or Roman white slaves, nobody would have said a thing. White slaves? No problem. Black slaves? Arrest them! Throw them out of university! Burn them at the stake!

This over-reaction shows that black people ( and all non-white colonists, for that matter) are somehow special and must be treated as such by the nasty white people. They must never, ever be offended - or else! That is Political Correctness. It is also racism.
11:20 April 23, 2011 by Doreen1
Thank goodness we have social activists in our governments, otherwise people would be able to say what they want and get away with it. It's not right that this poor man had to take offence at some different cultural mores that weren't directed at him. Everyone should be highly sensitive to the feelings of minorities, even if they don't realise they're being offensive, because that's what multiculturalism is all about. Saying and doing whatever you want is not progressive.
11:24 April 23, 2011 by Roy E
This is a hugely counterproductive move from Brussels. Its net effect is to deepen resentments and foster even greater divisiveness, effectively turning up the heat on the pressure cooker scenario the bureaucrats have engineered.

Oh, the irony of the 'Be tolerant or we will destroy you' crowd!
13:12 April 23, 2011 by blondelover
Even when ur traveling in train at metro at stockholm, people hesitate to sit next to you. From my and other research I can say Swedish girls are more racist guys are passive racist.

None expect a swede to hug n kiss when u get off from flight. Everybody just want the respectful life. if your not capable of being multiculturalism don't invite other country people here and make them suffer like anything.

Especially fees for Swedish universities is one of the best moves by government bcz u saved the lifes of student not coming here and suffer like anything.

This kind of act is highly condemned. !!!

Its easy for the swedes to tell go back to their country.. !!! soon expecting a revolution on Sweden new martin Luther king of 2011 will come
13:29 April 23, 2011 by planet.sweden
@blondelover

Your nom de guerre combined with your slings at Swedish women tell me all I need to know about you.

Like many here you are incapable of adapting to a society where women are free to choose, especially when they don't choose you. But I'm sorry a woman is bot racist simply because she doesn't wish to sleep with you or even date you, that's her free choice. And falsely calling on a latter day Martin Luther King to sort out your dating problems for you is crass in the extreme.

Seriously, it sounds like you haven't been here that long and if Swedes get under your skin so much, why stay? It is after all their country. All of us foreigners here at The Local are simply guests. Some better behaved than others.
13:38 April 23, 2011 by ty
Ask someone who has suffered depression as a result of bullying if he would find any joke about the act funny. I dont think he would. Allow people who are prone to racism the free will to express their concerns and greif. Yes they are sensitive but do they have a reason not to be.To those of you who appear bold and outspoken here in this forum and who have this so called great sense of humour,could it be that you have certain aspects of your lives that you are not so confident about? This joke in Lund might be a trivial matter for you but it is certainly not for a victim of racism. Quesioning their sense of humour on such matters like this appears to me that they have more compelling reasons to be concerened about racism in this society.
13:47 April 23, 2011 by blondelover
@ planet.sweden its not abt dataing, n sleeping with a women,

it shows how narrow u can things abt a person if he says a girl racist is it doesnt mean abt the failure flirting skills. Soon u will have the reports and then come to know what is meant by racism.

by the way all blondes in the world are not swede. I come from western world. When i was travelling in train i saw some three young girls behaved so badly that means with their words i was behind them, they told very badly in swedish good that he don't know Swedish.

lol.. I was reading in reverse your incapable of adapting to smile at new faces. I never experienced any such kind of acts, thing is am recording the words of suffer from people who felt soundless pain.

Just don't say from ur circle perhaps u never come across these things.

Hmm I know your not the one of them. Just don't justify your good means entire people are good like u.

as being no swede i lived and traveled entire cities of sverige more than 6 yrs.

Don't spit while ur laying ..
14:11 April 23, 2011 by Roy E
The nihilist activists in Brussels are not Sweden's friend . Actually, when it comes right down to it, they're universally detrimental and nobody's friend.
15:34 April 23, 2011 by technoviking
@blondelover

If there's going to be any revolution it's going to be the one sending you back to where you came from. Keep your bags packed.

And you're not going to get any blonde girls anyway. You are correct that they do not like you and your delusional, disgusting moniker.
16:42 April 23, 2011 by DAVID T
@ saraswed

Chibo Onyeji, a Nigerian writer/poet of Igbo and English expression

go figure he's the one complaining - what is he doing in Brussels? He's Nigerian - Go back to Nigeria and sort your own crap country out instead of coming to Europe and complaining - guess he don't like living in a mud hut
19:01 April 23, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Give it a f*cking break. I'm half North American aboriginal and I don't get pissed off everytime children play cowboys and indians. Political correctness and whining from the left has become way out of hand.
19:15 April 23, 2011 by ty
@david t

What makes you think he will end up in a mud hurt if he returns to Nigeria, he has probably acheived more than you will ever dream of in your life. From the way you speak, I doubt if you have ever made any significant contibution to your country nor to your life for that matter. What about the honest and hard working europeans working and doing well in Nigeria, should they be chased out too, just because they are foreigners? Sane people dont think like you do.
20:27 April 23, 2011 by Corvinus
The "Year For People of African Descent." part maade me laugh...yeah, lets fight discrimination with discrimination. You try going to Ethiopia with your sunhat and your flip-flops and a beach towel, ask them for the equivalent "Year for People of European Descent" see how that works out ;)
21:01 April 23, 2011 by saraswed
david T

i don't know where you come from .i guess you are not from here and you should leave Sweden if you are here..we don't want you .stereotypical idiot ,you are such a coward.i guess that was ok to say.maybe you are one of the racist we have been talking about
21:24 April 23, 2011 by mkvgtired
Syftfel

"One would think the bureaucrats in Brussels have more important things to do than to tackle some infantile students who in their drunken stupor lose their minds."

Well now that they no longer regulate the shape of fruit what else are they supposed to do?

Planet.sweden, your first post is spot on.
22:47 April 23, 2011 by DAVID T
@ TY & @ saraswed

Go live in Nigeria for a few months and if you don't like the way you are treated which you won't try complaining and see what happens. Or maybe you like living in mud huts
23:05 April 23, 2011 by Da Goat
Well one can hardly condemn the students when they are taught day in day out the religion of evolution where our melanin gifted brethren are painted as our ancestors and lower on the ladder of life!

Yeah nowhere does it say they where serious or making a political point so where probably just being silly at a party, so it is equally silly for Brussels to butt in, so both Brussels and the kids should have their hands smacked.

I did not read anything about race in the report either, this seems to be dreamed up by ENAR or someone else! don't know what is the saddest bit!
23:14 April 23, 2011 by blondelover
@ technoviking

Actually, I am english now live in London. so I know where I belong to. so take a breathe impatient slacker.

World knows abt sweden from julian assange itself. how he rapped the women
01:07 April 24, 2011 by alistairwhitman
Why would this surprise anyone especially coming from the southern region. Swedes love to play the naive card when this incidents come into public discussion using nonsensical defences like 'but we have so little contact with foreigners so we don't know what offends them'. That's drivel.

Many Swedes have a superiority complex which breeds and arrogant almost dismissive attitude toward people from other cultures and in turns make these 'mock slave trades' perfectly acceptable.

Remember this is the home of Eugenics research.
01:47 April 24, 2011 by laura ka baal
@ technoviking

its too late keep surprises inside your hole. definetly like pigs you will roll over since you are one of them
03:44 April 24, 2011 by wenddiver
@technoviking- You have set laura ka baal's third world heart aflutter, she want's your white a##. Her broken English is loaded with Freudian slips- surprises, inside your hole, like pigs, you will roll over, you are one. If you like your women, bugly, jihadist,unintelligible, and crazy you have it made. Waite for further comments from her.
09:55 April 24, 2011 by Rick Methven
@'blondelover'

"Actually, I am english now live in London. so I know where I belong to. so take a breathe impatient slacker.

World knows abt sweden from julian assange itself. how he rapped the women"

You are either NOT English or you never went to a English language class in your life.

Most Nigerians have better grasp of English than you display
14:46 April 24, 2011 by wenddiver
Brussels outrage over Lund 'slave auction'

Rest of World outraged by Brussels.
16:00 April 24, 2011 by technoviking
@ laura kebab

Yes, I am one of the "white pigs" whose civilization you are so enthusiastic to infiltrate.

Funny how you aren't in your homeland encouraging your peers to become police and doctors... Why is that?

Perhaps because whatever "system" spawned a worthless blood sucking tick like yourself is a miserable, dirty, backwards, hell on earth?

And of course you'd like to import all the values that made it hell right to our doorstep.

No thanks. You'll take them back to where you came. Keep a bag packed, madam.
21:33 April 24, 2011 by ccnyberg
I seriously laughed. It was a joke and not a political statement. Sweden doesn't even have a history of having black slaves. He has the right to make his own jokes towards how Swedes were slaves to the Turks way back when.

Stick to the real issues.
00:35 April 25, 2011 by jimthat
its funny how they stole the name of brussels

they are used to do that

anyway why do they stay here after all this racism

there is some rhig very deeo enside them that dont let them go say to india or south america

that is the race they dont want to be non white they wanty to be white

just like michael jacson and the only way to became white is to mix with white people throug having children with them

so they will not go

rhey ade not invadig us anymore

they are colonysing us

subtler penetrating in svery layer of our society

the problem in sweden is the race the race and the race

there is where all the culture atart

but aome want us to be multicultural
01:40 April 25, 2011 by wenddiver
@Technoviking- You Sir, have a way with words, I was thinking the exact same thing. At least now when we run into their Doctors, Lawyers and Cops we know what they are.

On the up side, at least we in the West have a culture to attempt to destroy, some people only have an ugly rug, some retadedly violent Children's myths, and buildings that look like a certain part of the male anatomy. They offer the world a chance to be part of their violence, disease, slavery and mental illnes. Who wouldn't want to give up Northern European culture for that. LOL, invaders.
10:41 April 25, 2011 by J Jack
@ darky, you left out Finland.
11:19 April 25, 2011 by RobinHood
THE LOCAL

The European Network Against Racism is an NGO based in Brussels. It is neither financed by, nor represents the EU.

The headline "Brussels outrage .... " implies incorrectly, the EU is in some way involved in this nonsense, rather than a tin pot NGO that happens to be based in Brussels, out for some free publicity.
12:40 April 25, 2011 by laura ka baal
@technoviking

hahahahaha it already been imported long time back and it is inside the system now, i can understand your problem, it really hurts especially seeing us driving bmw,mercedes,etcccccccccc and youll cant look into our eyes then, it really hurt, it is indeed painful to see us growing.
13:53 April 25, 2011 by technoviking
@ laura kebab

I think your infant level English skills led you to mistake the verb "driving" for "burning".

Yes, I do hate to see immigrants rioting and burning cars for no reason.

But I'm sure that makes you feel right at home.

I'm quite aware you are growing. The jails and welfare lines are filling up with you.

I'm also glad to see you are so delusional about what the future holds for you.

You are counting on the world's most advanced civilization not taking aggressive action to correct it's biggest collective mistake. Not a bet I'd want to make, personally... Things may have to get worse before they get better but there will be breaking point. Rest assured.
18:06 April 25, 2011 by Njal
@ laura ka baal

"youll cant look into our eyes then, it really hurt, it is indeed painful to see us growing. "

- not entirely sure what you're trying to say here, but you sound pretty smug.

Just remember that 'smugness' when you're told to go.
11:08 May 6, 2011 by Grindsprint
Everybody seem to be talking about a kind of racism that is virtually unavoidable. Since everyone is a racist, and the victims of this racism are anyone visiting a foreign country. maybe we don´t need to worry so much. I am perfectly fine with being looked at as strange or different when I am travelling. Get over it and try not to be so worried about what others think.
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Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
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