Sweden Democrat posts 'Hitler selfie' to Facebook

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Sweden Democrat posts 'Hitler selfie' to Facebook
Photo: Facebook/Avesta Tidning

A Sweden Democrat local politician in central Sweden has come under fire for posting a picture of himself dressed as Hitler on his Facebook page.


Ola Sjökvist received enough local election nominations to snag one of four Sweden Democrat seats in Avesta.
But he's been criticized after a picture he posted on Facebook in 2010 caught the attention of the Avesta Tidning newspaper on Friday. 
It appears to show Sjökvist taking a photo of himself in a mirror while performing a "Heil" gesture with what appears to be a Hitler-style moustache on his upper lip.
His hair is combed to the side and he is wearing a brown shirt. 
"It was nothing more than a fancy-dress party of a friend of mine," he explained, when confronted by the paper
"It was really just a bit of fun. We had to dress as someone well known - and if there's someone who's well-known it's him. Everyone recognizes him," he added. 
The costume marks the second time this month that someone with Sweden Democrat connections has landed in hot water due to Nazi-related accessories. A 20-year-old woman stepped down after she was snapped wearing a Nazi armband. 
In March last year, another Swede who dressed as a Nazi for a party was acquitted of hate crime charges.


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