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Neo-nazis plan National Day march

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14:22 CEST+02:00
Neo-nazis and other extreme-right groups are planning demonstrations in Stockholm on June 6th, threatening to mar revamped celebrations of Sweden's national holiday that day, media reported on Sunday.

A number of nationalist and extreme-right groups are planning to gather in downtown Stockholm before "marching through central parts of Stockholm to a calm and isolated place where there will be speeches", Dagens Nyheter reported.

"On June 6, Stockholm's streets will again be dominated by Swedes and not by sleazy immigrants waiting for an easy victim. On June 6, we'll take back our country," one of the groups, National Opposition, states on its website.

Such a demonstration could cast a shadow over the festivities planned for the day, which for the first time ever this year will be a bank holiday.

Instituted as "Swedish Flag Day" in 1916 and adopted as the national day in 1983, June 6 commemorates many key moments in Swedish history.

The day marks a celebration of Gustav Vasa's 1523 accession to the throne, which ended Danish rule, and the 1809 adoption of a new constitution, kicking off Sweden's democratic tradition.

But while streets and buildings have traditionally been bedecked in the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag on June 6, the day only became a bank holiday following a parliament vote last December.

AFP

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