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Sweden Democrats in crisis over racist film

Sweden Democrats in crisis over racist film

Published: 14 Nov 2012 09:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Nov 2012 09:55 GMT+01:00

The Sweden Democrats called a crisis meeting on Wednesday morning after daily Expressen published a film showing finance spokesman Erik Almqvist and two others push a drunken man and use words like “whore” and “darkie” in a clip from 2010.

The high-level party members in the film are Almqvist, justice policy spokesman and MP Kent Ekeroth, and Christian Westling, who sits on the Stockholm city council.

The three got into a scuffle with an inebriated man at a fast-food outlet in Stockholm during the summer of 2010. The episode was filmed by Ekeroth - a clip later obtained by Expressen.

In the film, featured below, Almqvist is heard making racist comments to the inebriated man, using words like “darkie”, “cunt” and “darkie-lover”.

Without knowing who they were, a 21-year-old woman tried to get the three men to stop harassing the drunk. She was then called a “little whore” by Almqvist.

When the woman came forward last week and Expressen confronted Almqvist with the allegations against him, he denied everything. On Wednesday morning, after Expressen published the footage, the party leadership called a crisis meeting.

“We will be making a comment later today, that is all I have to say,” spokesman Martin Kinnunen told news agency TT.

According to political scientist Johan Martinsson from the University of Gothenburg, an expert on political rhetoric and the behaviour of politicians, Almqvist is unlikely to be able to stay on as an MP.

“The comment about the ‘little whore’ is enough in itself really,” Martinsson told TT.

“That he denied saying any of this doesn’t make it any better. His situation is bad enough as it is, but perhaps he would have been helped by an explanation and by lying low for a while, but even that is not very likely.”

The footage was published only a month after Sweden Democrat head Jimmie Åkesson, in a letter to all party members, declared that the party was enforcing its zero-tolerance policy against racism.

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10:26 November 14, 2012 by djmarko
Oh my days, an SD parliament member using racist language, whats the big deal?? that is exactly what they represent, this is something you would typically expect from that party, should not be big news, no matter how hard they try to have a ''human face'' people understand what nasty piece of work they are, seems the SD is full of riff raffs, lately there has been issues with their MPs, if they are not caught drunk, fighting or been a social nuisance, many have even resigned as the job they are getting paid to do seems something beyound their intellect, question is where did they get these types of people to represent them as MPs?? did they pick them up from the streets randomly??
10:33 November 14, 2012 by ttrs_d
If they know any better, they should fire him.
10:42 November 14, 2012 by jostein
Hehe, makes the saintly halo of modern day SD look a bit tarnished, doesnt it? If people claim to be too goodly to be true, they are normally not true :) And if they are, arent people who can monitor every feature and every word, every emotion, every opinion, every waking hour, hm, like, creepy?

Another interesting thing is that Almqvist is not a member of the gang of four that rule SD. He and Kasselstrand (the sd youth-league boss that is still nationalistic) are probably the most powerfull figures in SD outside the control of the gang of four. And now he will be forced to resign or at least have his wings clipped by a video that was recorded by a member of the gang of four. Conspicous, to say the least. Especially when it comes just two weeks after Åkesson sent a very stern letter to all members informing that the politically correct purges will be increased in intensity.
11:43 November 14, 2012 by Borilla
No worries mate. At this rate by the time they get rid of all the SD's who are racist and can't help but prove it in videos, there won't be anyone left. By the way, I assume that others have noted that the appellation "SD" is historically appropriate. Is this the beginning of a "Night of the Long Knives"?
12:27 November 14, 2012 by Crocs
He actually just made himself out to be an offensive idiot. Reminds me of the behaviour of bullies at school
12:28 November 14, 2012 by rolfkrohna
So now the journalist have taken on the role of politicians. Very dangerous, this is the real bottom of gutter journalism, dirt slinging at the worst possible. It has nothing to do with parliamentarism or democracy, but with making fast money and selling papers. .
14:03 November 14, 2012 by what would thomas paine do
Still doesn't change the fact that the State can't responsibly handle the financial consequences of its refugee project.
14:04 November 14, 2012 by Justin O'Pinion
Strange, I figured he'd be wearing a brown shirt.
14:23 November 14, 2012 by what would thomas paine do
This doesn't change the fact that the State can't responsibly handle the financial consequences of its refugee project.
14:47 November 14, 2012 by djmarko
So i guess they get street thugs to take on the role of government refugee enforcers??? one down, many to come, soon a video of their leader will emerge fighting in clubs, just a matter of time, they are trying so hard to be politically corect to attract more moderate Swedes but these idiots keep on exposing them for who they truly are!!! good luck there
16:05 November 14, 2012 by Eric1
Racism cannot be tolerated in any society but it is unfortunately. As a Caucasian male once living in a city (USA) with an 80% black population I experienced racial name calling to actual anti-Caucasian violence. I was forced to move from that city. Karma has a way of fixing things. That city is falling apart because businesses and the people who pay the taxes have left. To say that racism is mostly perpetrated by whites is frankly just another example of racism.
18:19 November 14, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Well said Thomas Paine (#7)! And we get to deal with another 50,000 uneducated, unskilled refugees next year.
22:20 November 14, 2012 by EmployedProfessional
Can't the government buy these sick SD inbreads a nice cold island and give it to them?

Most normal humans would promise not to visit,I'm sure!

SD walking the street is pretty dangerous!

Hope they continue to trip over their own big animal feet and drink their asses off!
00:34 November 15, 2012 by jimmyjames
I am so very tired of these constant non stop attemps by one political party trying to "paint" their opposition as racists. For almost five years I had occassion to work in the Aulu Homeland in South Africa. I was absolutely astouned to come to understand the utter contemt Zulus had for The ANC, and some of the other political organizations who were of coarse comprised of African ethnic groups who were not Zulu. I once recall the immediate dressing down an American black recieved when he made a committ insinuated that we ( all Blacks/Africans are the same). The Zulu informed him that the Zulus were a great and noble race of warriors who had fought the British to a vertual treaty. An extremely RARE FEAT. He told the American no Zulus were slaves because they would have died in combat rather than submit to slavery. The Zulu told him that Zulus took slaves but were never themselves slaves. Another extreme example of racism was amongst the Tutsi and Hutu that was fairly recent. The pathetic things that Europeans attempt to catagorize as racism are silly. All people, by nature, favor their own......just like you favor your own family over a complete stranger. Stop pretending it is some kind of affliction. It is natural.
02:20 November 15, 2012 by racistreport.org
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14:59 November 16, 2012 by SalamanderClub
How is such behaviour possible? Take a look here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mats-and-karin-eriksson/how-could-it-happen_b_2132439.html
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