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Mass arrests at neo-Nazi May Day demonstration

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Mass arrests at neo-Nazi May Day demonstration
Police clash with a counter demonstrator at the march for the Party of the Swedes in Jönköping on May 1st 2014. Photo:Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT
18:41 CEST+02:00
A total of 19 people have been arrested and dozens of others carted away following clashes at a neo-Nazi May Day march in Jönköping, central Sweden, where counter demonstrators outnumbered the far-right activists.

The protest march by the right wing Party of the Swedes (Svenskarnas party - SVP) attracted a large police presence, reckoned to be as high as 450 officers, following trouble at a similar rally last year.

In addition to the 19 arrests, a further 90 people were taken away from the scene by bus. Another 32 people were taken into custody on grounds of causing disorder. It's understood that of the 19 arrests, 13 of them were as a result of disobeying police orders.

Two people were left injured while a right wing demonstrator was also arrested after a clash.

The demonstration was briefly stopped as counter demonstrators blocked the protest route before it finally got underway. By 5pm the scene was described by police as relatively calm as the planned demonstration by the neo-Nazis was conducted.

"Can't say that it will last forever but right now the situation is stable," police spokesman Lars Byström told the TT news agency.

Byström added that the police surrounded the protesters as they were attempting to disturb a licensed demonstration.

"We took some into temporary custody to get control over the situation," he said.

Earlier in the day police carried out a controlled demolition of a suspicious package found close to the route of the march.

Last year's march hit the headlines after five people were left injured and scores were detained after extreme-left demonstrators attacked a similar march carried out by the SVP party. 

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