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Sweden Democrats launch party 'clean out'

Sweden Democrats launch party 'clean out'

Published: 13 Oct 2012 10:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Oct 2012 10:15 GMT+02:00

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has announced that there is a need to "clean up" the party rank and file after a slew of controversial comments by members, stating that there is no place for racism in the party.

"We have to put our foot down and state that enough is enough. We need a major clear out," Åkesson told the TT news agency.

"We have a problem and we are not afraid to admit it," he added.

In a letter to the party's elected officials, Åkesson declared that "from now on there is zero tolerance and the work to clean up in the ranks is given the highest priority".

Åkesson has decided to act to law down the law in the party after a continuous stream of controversial comments by local politicians within the party since the 2008 election.

Among the comments which have gained attention include racism and homophobia, and that there should be a "bounty" placed on the head of the prime minister.

In his letter, Åkesson calls on all those who feel targeted to resign their posts and leave the party without delay.

"This would save us a great deal of work. Those who decide to stay on anyway will soon be subject to disciplinary proceedings and expulsion," he wrote.

Jimmie Åkesson explained the timing of the letter in that something had to be done to curb the stream of controversy, saying that the number of incidents "are quite simply too many".

He explained that the problem has arisen because the party has experienced such rapid growth and has thus attracted unsuitable people and caused problems for the party's progress.

"For us this is absolutely crucial. The lack of credibility has held us back before. Many lack confidence in our party because of individual examples such as these."

Åkesson underlined in his letter that there is no place within the party for "extremists, racists, dogmatists or others with a personal need for political or private excesses".

"We will not accept any deviation in any form. We might have been a little too naive and kind," Åkesson said.

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11:22 October 13, 2012 by byke
Maybe the Swedish Democrats can see the irony in an official @Sweden twitter account that posts exclusively in English. So much for the 2009 language laws.

Heja Sverige!
18:03 October 13, 2012 by viking87
Sweden should be governed by swedes, not by some invaders-came-out-of-nowhere who cry for equality.

If you want to live in Sweden, live the swedish way or just leave. It is as it should be, like in every other country.

Btw.. I'm not a scandinavian. (my opinion is not biased)
20:06 October 13, 2012 by alecLoTh
@ viking87

It IS governed by Swedes already, always has been....How many foreigners are in parliament? Citizens, on the other hand have a right to equality under the law.
20:41 October 13, 2012 by whoye
@viking " I'm not a scandinavian."

yeah right; you are worse than that, you are scandinavian wanna be.
22:10 October 13, 2012 by sqwimpy
Although I am happy that people share their opinion. The comment @whoye doesn't make sense.

I am starting to wonder if people are reading the same article as me. I am reading about cleaning out the party of racists and people who are homophobic.

I do believe there is no room for that in the party if the party wants to continue to be viable.
00:29 October 14, 2012 by Richard Head
A wonderful move by the SD. It's a perfect example of self-analysis and self-criticism. This is something that other parties should look to do as well by getting rid of the anti-west and anti-anglo elements within their parties.
05:55 October 14, 2012 by Joeblack
Respect. There is no place on earth for racism nowdays. Racist politicians are only good on destroying any chanes for peace among societies. Just remember that hate begets hate and thats not healthy at all.

Maybe the Leader of the Democrats Party needs to send all racist politicians to Operah so they can learn how to love other nationals living in Sweden.
09:58 October 14, 2012 by procrustes
I don't think SD knows who it is.

If there is a line distinguishing racism from tribalism, it's very fine. We all pretty much know what racism is, and I suppose one could differentiate tribalism from racism if the tribe will allow all races to join if the individual meets certain non-racist criteria; e.g., need for new members or for some tribal egalitarian principle.

SD needs to get it's head clear about who/what it is; otherwise, it will be a magnet for all sorts of racist, fascist types. Germany and Switzerland have walked the tribalism/racist line fairly well.
13:30 October 14, 2012 by Children Of Adam
I think SD might split into two parts (racists & ex racist).
14:16 October 14, 2012 by Social Hypocrisy
So with anti immigration policy now push to the side, what exactely does SD stand for?

Now the SD are affraid of lacking credebility! Ooopps its too late for that!
08:38 October 16, 2012 by ericrufinosiah
Sweden Democrat is now well accepted by the Swedish Public as can be seen

from the new poll and now it is time for Sweden Democrat to be more serious

and take a step further " that's to form the next Swedish Government " hopefully

all Swedish natives would give their whole support for this Party that really fights

for all natives Swedish and immigrants that really had integrated in the Swedish

society,proudly and wholeheartily.
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