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Liberals condemn demo swastika

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11:54 CEST+02:00
Palestinian groups demonstrating in Malmö on Saturday against the war in Lebanon carried placards displaying swastikas. Now politicians in the city are calling for official funding of the Malmö Palestinian Association to be frozen.

"I think that we should talk to the Palestinian Association's leadership about the values of their members, before they get more subsidies," Liberal Party councillor Iva Parizkova Ryggeståhl said to Sydsvenskan.

One placard at the demonstration compared the swastika to the star of David.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Association of Malmö dismissed Ryggeståhl's criticisms when called by The Local.

He denied that his organization was responsible for the swastikas, adding that the Palestinian Association had not organized the demonstration. But he also dismissed the Liberal Party's attacks on the use of swastikas in the march.

"They believe in freedom of speech when it comes to the Muhammad cartoons, but not in this case. Why not?"

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