Teen politician assaulted after immigration speech
Published: 11 Jan 2014 11:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Jan 2014 11:23 GMT+01:00
A 16-year-old member of the Social Democrat party youth wing was assaulted in Malmö on Thursday by two adult men who kicked her, spat at her, and called by an obscene and misogynist insult referring to the female genitalia after she made a speech on immigration.
"They called me disgusting feminist c**tand kneed me. They were tall and big and had short thick jackets and had totally shaved heads," she told the local Sydsvenskan daily.
"They said I was an obnoxious "Sosse" and if they saw me again they would kill me," she said, referring to a common term of derision for members of the Social Democrats.
The alleged assault occurred at around 3pm on Thursday in central Malmö. A passer-by came to the girl's assistance and the two men fled the scene.
The teenager has reported that she was overwhelmed by the incident which has left her reluctant to go out alone.
The police have opened an investigation and classified the offence as assault, molestation and unlawful threats.
The incident is the latest in a string of attacks on people active across the political spectrum in Sweden.
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson was targeted in a cake attack in November in central Stockholm while attending a book signing and a further Sweden Democrat was targeted following revelations that he had called on Swedes to take up arms "to defend their country".
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