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Swedish Nazis hold town fair recruitment drive

Swedish Nazis hold town fair recruitment drive

Published: 27 Jul 2011 10:05 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jul 2011 10:05 GMT+02:00

A Swedish neo-Nazi movement conducted a recruitment drive at Kivik's annual fair in southern Sweden last week. "Unacceptable" according to the organizers, who have promised to tighten security for next year.

"This is absolutely not something we want to be associated with," Kivik fair organizer Tony Andreasson told The Local on Wednesday.

The Swedish Resistance Movement (Svenska motståndsrörelsen - SMR) spent around three hours at the market, dealing out flyers and selling its newspaper "Nationellt Motstånd" (National Resistance).

"They must have registered under another name. That is the only explanation. We have had trouble with groups like this before," Andreasson said.

The group, which has been classified by the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) as "Sweden's greatest internal threat", boasts of the success of its recruitment drive on its homepage saying that "several debates" were held with fairgoers.

"The activists... made contact with one person who wanted to join the freedom fight," the group wrote.

Kivik fair is an annual event with a fairground and arund 1,000 market stalls selling produce from the region and elsewhere. The fair attracts more than 100,000 visitors per year.

Andreasson told The Local that two guards will be employed before next year's fair to ensure that the occasion is kept free from neo-Nazi groups.

"We are the people who decide over Kivik fair. We want to have a serious family market just as we have done for the past 25 years," he said.

The Local reported last week that SMR's newspaper had been reported for hate speech after it allowed a reader comment containing racial slurs to remain on the site.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:12 July 27, 2011 by Wajih
Well come again
14:29 July 27, 2011 by andyron2
The fair has around 1000 market stalls and fair attracts 100,000 every year.

"Two guards will be employed before next year's fair to ensure that the occasion is kept free from neo-Nazi groups".That is too much of security eh..
14:47 July 27, 2011 by Scambaiter
No to neo-Nazi groups! Stop the hate and the lies.
16:59 July 27, 2011 by prince T
Säpo will continue to monitor untill next Anders Brevik manifest.
18:20 July 27, 2011 by Nemesis
They hand out those fliers every year.

In Kivik they will meet plenty of people who think the same as them. The look of suprise on there faces when told what to go do with themselves, will tell you everything you need to know.

The only reason the people running Kivik have decided to act this year, is because of the attacks in Norway, otherwise they would be turning a blind eye to them as usual.
18:30 August 3, 2011 by conboy
Reminds me of the country and western song "Well I have thirty acres and you have forty three but I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the key." a theme song for the fair perhaps if you replace "key" with "Nazi!"
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