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Ekeroth takes 'break' after new revelations

TT/Rebecca Martin · 15 Nov 2012, 08:08

Published: 15 Nov 2012 08:08 GMT+01:00

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Kent Ekeroth has in agreement with the party leadership chosen to take a break from his responsibilities as the party’s justice policy spokesman. The reason is the situation which has arisen,” the party said in a statement on Thursday morning.

The new footage published by Expressen shows how Ekeroth, together with former party economic policy spokesman Erik Almqvist who resigned on Wednesday, and Stockholm city councillor Christian Westling, armed themselves with iron bars after scuffling with a drunken man.

In the film Ekeroth can be heard arguing with a woman, who reacted to Ekeroth filming her with his mobile phone camera, reaching out her hand saying, “Let go of that.”

“I can do whatever I like. Do you get that? Back off,” Ekeroth was heard saying, pushing the young woman into the side of a car.

Ekeroth then filmed how he, Almqvist and Westling scuffled with an inebriated man and then picked up large iron bars. When they heard sirens they returned to where the fight had taken place and explained to the officers that the man had threatened them.

The drunken man told the police that Ekeroth had struck the young woman but Almqvist is heard on film giving officers a different version:

“Keep him in, he threatened us…he was going to start on my friend but we got away and defended ourselves, but still, it was unpleasant,” said Almqvist on film.

The three Sweden Democrats decided not to press charges.

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“Unless one of the others make a report just to be nasty,” said Almqvist, adding to the police that they should “do the work now instead” before the three politicians leave the scene laughing.

On Wednesday Åkesson had said that Ekeroth would keep his leadership positions within the party for the time being, but hinted the party may review Ekeroth's place in the Sweden Democrats in the future. With the new footage, however, the party decided that Ekeroth's chances of representing the party amid the scandal would be "very slim".

According to party spokesman Martin Kinnunen, Ekeroth will make a public statement later on Thursday.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:38 November 15, 2012 by djmarko
Where on earth do the SD get these thugs from?? Quite sure after their surprise victory at the last elections, they must have gone on a recruitment overdrive on the streets and asked any young thugs who dont like immigrants to show up at the parliament and wear a suit, every month, there is a new revelation and they are forced to resign, seems they will not have any MPs left by the sound of things!!!
11:34 November 15, 2012 by 007
where do they get them from? hahahaha. they're the guys who started, formed and lead the party.

what you see is what SD is all about, they're just trying to legitimize themselves now by saying they're not racists and accept zero tolerance. clearly, that isn't true when you film it yourselves...idiots hahaha.
12:14 November 15, 2012 by Chloe Monroe
The lack of punctuation in the intro made me light-headed :-/ Now I am all blurry, what's this article actually about?
13:43 November 15, 2012 by Eric1
If they aren't careful they will be as bad as those parties on the left.
14:00 November 15, 2012 by suprkynu
These are the leaders who want to rule the country. Shame on them. I don't think even they will be the party who will win those coming years because they are full of racism and hatred. And no one needs such kind of party on 21 century.
07:42 November 17, 2012 by Icarusty
Unless the stupidity of its members really do live up to the stereotypes that are associated with such groups, then the "fake ignorance" comments here are just trolls.

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