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Sweden's extreme left ups violent attacks

TT/The Local · 9 Jun 2009, 12:10

Published: 09 Jun 2009 12:10 GMT+02:00

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The far right Sweden Democrats were one of the main targets of the so-called "autonomous" movement. But parties in Sweden's coalition government also found themselves in the firing line.

"We noted around twenty incidents of violence against people or property. The Sweden Democrats were not the only ones affected; the Liberal and Moderate parties were also hit," said Johan Olsson, chief analyst for Säpo's constitutional protection division.

The chief perpetrators came from groups on the extreme left such as Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) and Revolutionära Fronten.

"It's part of what they call their anti-fascist agenda. They don't believe that parties they consider critical of immigrants or opposed to workers' rights should be permitted to operate undisturbed," Olsson told news agency TT.

One of the more serious incidents recorded in the period leading up to the EU parliament elections was the assault on Saturday night of Sweden Democrat party secretary Martin Kinnunen and his girlfriend.

The pair were set upon by an estimated ten assailants, according to the public prosecutor. The attack occurred at Gullmarsplan in south Stockholm while the couple were making their way home from a visit to a restaurant.

Both were taken to hospital after a security guard intervened to halt the attack. Kinnunen's girlfriend suffered concussion and is believed to have been struck across the head with knuckle dusters.

Two young women, 20 and 25, were remanded in custody on Tuesday in connection with the attack.

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The prosecutor in the case believes at least five more people may be arrested for involvement in the brutal assault.

Sweden Democrat politicians have also come under attack at public meetings and have had their property destroyed to the extent that the party eventually stopped advertising when it was planning to hold rallies in town squares.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:56 June 9, 2009 by Gurkhan
to me it sounds like there is a hidden agenda to blame the leftist groups and establish a more conservative-right social norm in the next few years... in the recent months there have been more news concerning the threats against the rightist views/policies...
13:19 June 9, 2009 by Weekend_warrior
don't worry everybody. These guys will probably spend no jail time what-so-ever.

We might even see the Swedish government apologize to these gentlemen for all of the stress they caused them during the Parliament elections. Who knows, maybe even the tax-payers will fund them with emotional damages.

Why? Because everyone knows the best way to p*ss off a jerk is to be super nice to them afterward. Sweden knows this man! Its psychological warfare, and it will cripple the leftists.
13:38 June 9, 2009 by Plowbridge H. Broad
"It's part of what they call their anti-fascist agenda. They don't believe that parties they consider critical of immigrants or opposed to workers' rights should be permitted to operate undisturbed," Olsson told news agency TT.

Nor do I in general but use my unhindered right of free speech to tackle the issue. Gurkhan is however spot on with his comments and in a world that is being crippled by greed it seems the only agenda is "if you can't beat them join them".

Viva la revolution.
15:20 June 9, 2009 by SaltWater
I have seen this so many times, blame the left, so right can do all those anti social mesures!
15:25 June 9, 2009 by Greg in Canada
In this day and age it's surprising that there are still extreme leftist groups. The kooks on the extreme left balance out the kooks on the extreme right I suppose.
15:46 June 9, 2009 by Kristoffer
I'm absolutely appalled how many of the comments above criticize the liberal and conservative political groups when the violence and commotion is being caused by far left groups such as AFA.

I think it's sad that these issues aren't given more attention. They keep becoming more and more common by every election. It's as if no one even cares if self-proclaimed democrats(AFA, anti-democratic action) ruin public political meetings, assault politicians and destroy political parties' property.

The extreme left(AFA and company) and the extreme right(Not SD!) are the scum of our society.
15:59 June 9, 2009 by hpunlimited
It is time that we do something about AFA. The difference between Sverige Demokraterna and AFA is that AFA is militant, anti-democracy and anti-Sweden. When you are against democracy you are against all of Sweden and all parties. SD may be against taking in more immigrants, but that is an opinion they have, they do not try to remove democracy. I personally do not agree with SD or other racists, but I do stand firmly in the belief of democracy and Sweden. Everyone in Sweden is entitlied an opinion without risking to get killed.

I think that it is every Swedes duty or anyone living here to crush AFA once and for all. Any organisation that has a foundation in violence does not belong in Sweden.

I think that AFA has stepped over the line and will risk the wrath of everyone else that is not affiliated with racists or SD.
16:06 June 9, 2009 by Grippen
Gurkhan - are you implying that AFA has a hidden agenda to blame the leftist groups and establish a more conservative-right social norm in the next few years?

it was AFA scum who admitted themselves a shameful 20 on 1 attack on a national democrats Czech born politician.

Society must be aware about the left wing scum violence - last time they got the power in Russia, they killed millions of people.
16:18 June 9, 2009 by ShaneW
Political violence, whether committed against the RIght or Left should not be permitted in modern society.

I just wish some of these groups would stand in elections rather than hanging around dark corners waiting to bash a folkpartist or moderaterna around the head.

In this day and age we need more 'normal' people ie those who have lived and experience life, rather than those who have never had a job outside politics to enter the political arena and these kind of attacks will deter good people from entering political life.
16:21 June 9, 2009 by magic1964
Lest´send few good communist cuban cops and those imbeciles will stop playing rebels....
16:25 June 9, 2009 by hpunlimited
Better yet, there is a camp on Cuba that we can send all AFA supporters to.
16:41 June 9, 2009 by magic1964
If the society fear those young activits it´s because society has become the weakest in the History....on real Vikking girl from the old day would scare all of those anorectics kids...
16:45 June 9, 2009 by Eurostan
there is no space for the people who attacks other people what ever reason it may be. it applies to both facist forces and anti facicst forcties.

no space for violence. once it is started it goes like a cycle just like many african countries.financial crisis like this makes it worst.
16:53 June 9, 2009 by skatty
I suppose that first "undisturbed" should be defined somehow. I mean any political party wants to work "undisturbed". Don't "disturb" me and my opinions! In the middle of the far left and right, the "disturbance" can be limited to the words exchange, but far left and right may use unpleasant methods, it's why they are far, otherwise it wouldn't be called "far"!
17:20 June 9, 2009 by jack sprat
The repeated violent behaviour of lefty morons over the last few years is in danger of beginning to make the extreme right look quite respectable by comparison.
17:20 June 9, 2009 by magic1964
So those imbecils have the mission to destroy the fascist and save Sweden......I think the only true fascists in Sweden are them. Depressing to hear imbeciles trying to think...
00:10 June 10, 2009 by Muad'Dib
Well, I'd like to hear the reasoning why the AFA is supposed to be on the "far left" and what are the qualifications for being on the "far left".
10:23 June 10, 2009 by Gurkhan

No I meant that there is another hidden agenda to blame the AFA and other leftist views by simply provoking them...

To me it feels like there is a tendency to tilt the society to "righter" than it has traditionally been since the end of the WW-II...

and to everyone's information, I seriously think that when one goes extreme left, it ends up at the exact same place as extreme right...
16:06 June 11, 2009 by magic1964
To make a revolution you need hungry fighters.....those activists eat and drink like pigs....
15:32 July 24, 2009 by KipHamilton
Yes, of course. It is always the other guys conspiring to smear the leftists. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge slaughtering a third of their Countrymen? The Americans made them crazy and they couldn't help it. Extremists see what they want to see. American communists and other "champions of human rights" at the height of Stalin's despotism, went to the USSR and pronounced it a "Utopia", thus betraying the millions of his victims.The west was only making up all the stories of Stalins murderous paranoia. Right? So please, at least be honest about the troublemakers amongst you.
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