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Sweden Democrats caution members on Norway comments

Sweden Democrats caution members on Norway comments

Published: 21 Aug 2011 09:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Aug 2011 09:03 GMT+02:00

According to daily Expressen, an internal letter penned by SD party secretary Björn Söder beseeched fellow party members to cease comment on events in Norway through social media outlets as it quickly propels and bolsters ill-conceived remarks.

”There is no reason to give the political and media establishments further fuel to hit the party through statements that are ambiguous in their purpose,” Söder wrote in the letter, reported Expressen newspaper.

The terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya have thrust the far-right party into an unwanted spotlight, while party member activity in the social media has inflamed the attention.

For example, party leader Jimmie Åkesson’s press secretary Linus Bylund reportedly tweeted after the blood-chilling attacks that ‘I will stop following [on Twitter] the next moron who gushes about how sad it is for all the nice Muslims when there is bleeding Norwegians in the streets,” according to Expressen.

Bylund later clarified that his tweet was to encourage others not to speculate.

A Varberg SD local politician Erik Hell Born wrote on his blog that the attack would not have taken place without multiculturalism and Islamisation, a statement that party leadership in Stockholm later rejected.

Parliament member Kent Ekeroth, who has been under fire for his online statements, wrote shortly after the bloodshed, ”Will someone venture to guess who is behind the bombs in Norway? No, I will not call you Islamophobes,” according to Expressen.

Some comments have forced the expulsion of other party members.

For example, SD-activist Thomas Karlsen of Trollhätte posted on Facebook that ”Anders Behring Breivik was a useful idiot used by the Masonic conspiracy. He was discharged from the party due to lack of judgement."

Party leader Åkesson used his Twitter account after the attacks to encourage members to exercise caution when speculating about possible perpetrators.

Karen Holst (kholstmedia@gmail.com)

Your comments about this article

16:57 August 21, 2011 by Streja
I see that they believe in censorship of their own party members.
17:01 August 21, 2011 by calebian22
It is not censorship, it is consequential. One man's voice should not impact the good things that SD is doing in Sweden. If it does, bye, bye membership.
17:16 August 21, 2011 by Streja
What good things?
17:36 August 21, 2011 by Tysknaden
What good things?
17:47 August 21, 2011 by calebian22
Immigration and refugee reform. SD are the ones driving the debate. Without them, the heads would still be in the sand.
18:34 August 21, 2011 by Streja
I haven't heard them debating immigration and refugee reform at all, just talking about other things.
20:47 August 21, 2011 by lewni
So the entire newspost was just examples of the idiots who badmouthed and nothing more ? Quick reminder to hate SD TL ?
23:03 August 21, 2011 by Tysknaden
SD is a bird of prey - looking for underdog's votes.
10:21 August 22, 2011 by bells on the knight
Isn't that what democracy is all about?

I would say people who slander anyone, not SD in particular, are inherently insecure. If they were sure of themselves or their beliefs they wouldn't slander.

Just look at church goers. They are rarely seen to indulge in petty "you are this and you are that" discussions.
11:20 August 22, 2011 by Iraniboy
I think this is the first time SD and their supporters realize how it feels when a person who share some of their belief commit a gruesome violence. This is what immigrants and Muslims feel when one among them commit terrorism! Now it's time for SD and their folk to taste what you were offering to others! :)
17:01 August 22, 2011 by calebian22
Uh, Breivik is not one of SD's own. Don't be ridiculous, oh wait, it's Iraniboy, ridiculous is standard.
17:08 August 22, 2011 by Rick Methven
@calebian22

"Uh, Breivik is not one of SD's own"

OK not a member of SD ,but EXACTLY the same views, as you seem to have and support.
18:11 August 22, 2011 by Iraniboy
@calebian

SD, you and all right wing supporter have the same feeling about Breivik as all Muslims and immigrants have about terrorists. How does it fell now?
21:03 September 1, 2011 by arrow
have there been public celebrations of breivik's act by the CD members - like those one could see on the streets of arab cities on 09-11?
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