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Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog

A 45-year-old trainee at the Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) has been sacked after his employers found out he was writing a racist blog during working hours.

Swedish uni sacks man over pro-Breivik blog
Photo: Jan Åre Berg Jakobsen/Scanpix; Mid Sweden University

”The contents in his blogs are on every point contrary to everything the university stands for,” said university dean Tomas Berglund to Sveriges Television (SVT).

The man, who had received his placement with the university from local authorities in Härnösand, northern Sweden, describes himself as a radical conservative and used his blog to spread a number of xenophobic and right wing extremist views, according to SVT.

The man had furthermore been blogging during working hours and on more than one occasion expressed his sympathies for Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

According to SVT there were also blog entries that could be interpreted as urging armed resistance against a multicultural society.

The trainee was employed at the Department for Humanities at the university campus in Härnösand.

”I was made aware of his blogging activities last week. We immediately took the decision that he should be relieved of his duties at the department,” said Berglund to SVT.

”Breivik was too impatient” and ”Utöya – a second class Auschwitz” were among the statements the man had made public on his blog.

”In that case, the war has started. Breivik saw himself as a soldier in that war. But what’s with the impatience? Well, I for one, think that the PC regime will fall within the next few years,” the man wrote on his blog, according to SVT.

Despite running one Swedish language blog, one English language blog and having published several books online, all with the common theme of a new society emerging from the rubble of the old, the trainee was not known to the Swedish Security Service, Säpo.

”But this material seems interesting and the connection to Breivik especially makes me react,” said Dick Lindberg of the Security Service in Umeå to SVT.

The man has been dismissed on the grounds of blogging during working hours, but according to the university it was also the content of the man’s writing that made them decide to relieve him from his duties.

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RACISM

Black Lives Matter wins Swedish rights prize

The international civil rights movement Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Friday won Sweden's Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020.

Black Lives Matter wins Swedish rights prize
A Black Lives Matter protest in Malmö, June 2020. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The foundation was honoured for its work promoting “peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence all over the world,” prize organisers said in a statement.

The Black Lives Matter movement, founded in 2013 in the United States, has “in a unique way exposed the hardship, pain, and wrath of the African-American minority at not being valued equal to people of a different colour,” the statement said.

The movement had its major international breakthrough in the summer of 2020 following several cases of extreme brutality in the US, including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

READ MORE: INTERVIEW: Sweden's anti-racism protests aren't just about what's happening in other countries

Prize organisers noted that an estimated 20 million people have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests in the US alone, and millions more around the world.

“This illustrates that racism and racist violence is not just a problem in American society, but a global problem.”

The Olof Palme Prize is an annual prize worth $100,000 awarded by the Olof Palme Memorial Fund.

It commemorates the memory of Sweden's Social Democratic prime minister Olof Palme, an outspoken international human rights advocate — and vehement opponent of US involvement in the Vietnam War — who was assassinated in Stockholm in 1986.

Since 1987 the award has honoured human rights defenders around the world including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

An online prize ceremony will take place in Stockholm on Saturday.

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