Swedish nationalist ‘shot and ate’ lion and giraffe

A Sweden Democrat official, Angelo Vukasovic, has sparked outrage in Sweden after posting pictures of himself posing with dead animals which he says he shot and then ate.

Swedish nationalist 'shot and ate' lion and giraffe
This picture that Angelo Vukasovic posted to his Facebook page has angered many Swedes.

Vukasovic, a local party treasurer, runs a hunting shop in Nybro in south-eastern Sweden. 

This week photos from hunting trips to Africa began circulating on social media that show him posing with a lion, a giraffe and hippo he had hunted and killed. 

Many commenters were furious at a perceived lack of respect for the animals, but Vukasovic was unrepentant. 

“I’ve eaten 80 percent of the animals I’ve killed, including the lion in the picture,” he told newspaper Aftonbladet. 

“The tastiest meat I’ve ever eaten, and will ever eat, is giraffe,” he added. 

Vukasovic, who organizes hunting trips, said the photos were taken in South Africa and that the hunt was 100 percent legal.

“Hunting certain animals benefits people and benefits the animal. Previously hunting rhino hunting was banned, and now suddenly they’ve permitted it and there’s a reason for that,” he told the newspaper. 

He added that the local authorities allowed hunting in areas where animals were starving due to a lack of food and water. 

Commenters on his Facebook page however called him a “disgrace to Sweden” and a “caveman”. 

When The Local reached Vukasovic by phone on Tuesday he said he didn’t have time to talk: 

“I have customers in my shop right now. They’re much more important to me than you.”

The Sweden Democrats said on Tuesday they were looking into the matter before deciding whether to take any action.


Gay Sweden Democrat backs party’s Pride flag decision

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats' most senior openly gap MP has defended party colleagues' decision to stop flying the rainbow gay pride flag outside a local city council headquarters.

Gay Sweden Democrat backs party's Pride flag decision
Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch Thor took part in the Stockholm pride parade this August. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Bo Broman, who has himself several times attended Sweden's largest Pride parade in Stockholm, told The Local that the rainbow flag was “an important symbol, for me and for many others”. 
But he said he did not believe it was appropriate for any political symbol to be flown outside a public building. 
“I personally don't think that any political symbol or flag representing organisations, companies, football teams and so on belongs on public flagpoles,” he said. 
“No matter how inportant the issue is, public flagpoles should only carry the Swedish flag, the official flag for the municipality, flags from visiting countries and perhaps that of the EU or UN.” 
Bo Broman, who was previously the Sweden Democrats' financial chief, became an MP after the 2018 election. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
The city council in Solvesborg in the county of Blekinge voted on Thursday to no longer fly the rainbow flag on the flagpole outside its offices, where it has since 2013 been hoisted once a year to show support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people on the day of the pride parade in Stockholm. 
The vote has been widely criticised, with Filippa Reinfeldt, the   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights spokesperson for the Moderate Party saying the backing the party's local wing gave to the decision was “inappropriate”.  
But Broman pointed out that Magnus Kolsjö, a former president of The Swedish federation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights (RFSL), had also backed Solversborg's decision. 
“We need to be able to keep the political, private and civil society on one side, and the state and municipality on the other,” Kolsjö, who is now a Christian Democrat politician, wrote on his blog on Sunday. 
“To hoist up a political symbol, even if it stands for values which many support, doesn't fit with the needs to maintain objectivity.” 
The council decision was pushed by the ruling four-party coalition of the Sweden Democrats, Moderates, Christian Democrats and the local SoL party.