Swedish security police analyse terror manifesto

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) are to conduct a "thorough examination" of the manifesto distributed by the man behind the Norway twin attacks, which included detailed instructions on how far-right terror can be spread to Sweden.

Swedish security police analyse terror manifesto

“We want to conduct a thorough analysis,” said Sirpa Franzen at the Security Service to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The manifesto, entitled “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” has been dubbed “a terrorist’s handbook” and was sent by Anders Behring Breivik to a number of far-right groups shortly before the bomb attack in Oslo and massacre on Utøya which left more than 90 people dead.

The manifesto, written in English under the pseudonym Andrew Berwick, is accompanied by a video and a letter, gives detailed instructions on how terror can be spread beyond Norway’s borders into neighbouring Sweden.

Speaking to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily, Johannes Jakobsson, a reporter with the anti-racist newspaper Expo, argues that the Nazi rhetoric of Swedish far-right groups is similar to Breivik’s.

“There are those who have expressed the ambition of conducting a revolution,” Jakobsson said, warning that the indications that an armed attack was being planned have been noted in Sweden.

“If you look at the rhetoric there there are Nazi circles of people in Sweden who used language which proposes a total struggle against society, an extreme ideology which is based on roughly the same things that Breivik proposes,” he told DN.

In March 2008 Swedish police conducted a raid against one neo-Nazi group, the Swedish Resistance Movement (Svenska Motståndsrörelsen – SMR), seizing dynamite and other weapons.

While SMR is open about its National Socialist ideology and advocates the establishment of a Nordic government, it has publicly rejected claims that it is planning revolution.

Breivik’s 1,500 hundred page document includes a list of 9,393 Swedes who he argues deserve the death penalty.

The list is divided into three categories which span political and business leaders, journalists and “cultural Marxists”, as well as those who defend “multiculturalism”.

Breivik argues that all Swedish political parties, except the Sweden Democrats, are to be considered “cultural Marxists/suicidal humanists/capitalist-globalization advocates”.

“I would personally rank Sweden as possibly the most totalitarian and politically repressed country in the western world 2009,” Breivik wrote.

The Security Service is focusing its analysis on whether there are any links to Sweden neo-Nazi and white power movements.

The Service has furthermore deployed officers in Norway for intelligence gathering and also to assist their colleagues in Oslo.

32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik faces a remand hearing in Oslo on Monday and has admitted to being the executor of the attacks.

His lawyer has said that despite the confession, his client denies the charges and has claimed that he was “forced” to act.

According to Norwegian media sources the official death toll has now climbed to 93, with a further 96 injured and more still missing. 40 patients remain in hospitals, with 18 of them fighting for their lives.

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Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.