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Protests against nationalist march in Helsingborg

TT/The Local · 2 May 2009, 10:38

Published: 02 May 2009 10:38 GMT+02:00

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Between 70 and 100 people participated in the demonstration, which the Fria nationalister Skåne ('Free Nationalists of Skåne') have been granted permission to hold at Konsul Olssons square in central Helsingborg at lunchtime.

Considerably more counter-demonstrators, who regard the nationalists as nazis, arrived at the square. The police blocked off the area and called for reinforcements to prevent conflicts.

“For the most part, we were able to keep the groups away from each other,” police spokesperson Charley Nilsson told TT.

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Helsingborgs Dagblads newspaper nevertheless reported several skirmishes and that leftist demonstrators had also directed hostility towards the police. In total, 24 people were taken into custody and transported to the Helsingborg police station.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:05 May 3, 2009 by Gurkhan
it is so disturbing to see that nationalism and even nazism is on such a steep rise in sweden... it could be felt at every segment of the society and the state even...
16:28 May 3, 2009 by Brugge
Could it be that there is a place for nationalism? Why is that disturbing?
01:47 May 4, 2009 by filthykafir
The simplistic equation of nationalism with "nazis" or with totalitarian ideology of any sort is erroneous. Nationalists are simply people who, for any number of reasons, love, honor, and defend the country of their birth, or adoption. For a person living in a free country, to fail to honor and defend the nation state that recognizes and protects that freedom, i.e. fail to be a nationalist, is to dishonor the guarantor of one's own liberty. In a world in which the number of totalitarian states -- of left and right -- is always significantly greater than the number of free nations, to fail to be a nationalist is treason against freedom and humanity.

I have noted far greater intolerance (totalitarian tendencies) among leftists than I have among conservatives, even those hated "nationalists."
11:21 May 4, 2009 by JethroGreenmantle
"the number of totalitarian states -- of left and right -- is always significantly greater than the number of free nations"

I suggest, "filthykaffir", that you check the meaning of the word "totalitarian" in a good dictionary, then try to list the totalitarian states that are "significantly greater than the number of free nations". You'll need to find at least 100 (there are 192 member states in the UN).

To help you, take a look at The Economist Intelligence Unit's "Index of Democracy 2008" which identifies just 50 authoritarian regimes. I doubt whether all 50 could be called totalitarian. Sadly, of course, The Economist only identifies 80 full and 'flawed' democracies, but the DEMOCRACIES still OUTNUMBER the authoritarian states - and consequently also the totalitarian states - not the other way about.
11:43 May 4, 2009 by JethroGreenmantle
Oh yes, and while I think about it, as Dr Johnson said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." For patriotism, read nationalism.
05:56 June 28, 2009 by KipHamilton
So, is any pride of nation and culture anathema? If Swedes have no pride in the contributions their nation and culture has made to the world, and if such pride is considered negatively as "nationalism" then they obviously will not have the will to defend their nation or its culture if threatened. Others, from a different culture and way of thinking- still proud and willing to fight for that culture and what they believe, will prevail. If that is the world you want in Sweden, so be it. Just don't be surprized when it happens.
08:00 June 29, 2009 by yuma smaland az
why would they be called nazis?i doubt it

im in usa and i think we should close our border

im part swedish and part cherokee -they maybe have come from mexico so in a way im a mexican but mexico gives me no rights and i resent people coming here and having 2 countries to live in

yes take pride in your country -mexicans do
13:55 June 29, 2009 by Streja
They are Nazis. It's easy to sit in the US and have an opinion on Sweden isn't it? You would be harassed by these idiots if you came here Yuma. They only like racially pure Swedes.
07:14 July 1, 2009 by yuma smaland az
i beleive there are mean violent racists there and all over the world

is usa too-theyre disgusting people

there are racists mexicans too and blacks
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