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ASAP Rocky fans threaten Ikea boycott over Sweden assault case

US fans of rapper A$AP Rocky have issued a call to arms, including meatball moratoriums and an end to binges at Ikea, in protest at Swedish moves to put him on trial for assault.

ASAP Rocky fans threaten Ikea boycott over Sweden assault case
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With Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven rebuffing President Donald Trump's entreaties to intervene in the case, Americans took to Twitter to call for boycotts of the country and its global commercial icons — first and foremost the do-it-yourself home furnishing mart Ikea.

Many appeared inspired by a Trump tweet Thursday that declared: “We do so much for Sweden but it doesn't seem to work the other way around.”

That sparked a rash of retweets with the #boycottsweden hashtag, singling out Swedish brands from Absolut Vodka and Volvo to Spotify.

“Let me be the first to encourage folks to boycott Ikea until A$AP Rocky is freed. Though having said that I am sure if Rocky's jail cell is anything like my bookcase he could bust out,” tweeted triathlon coach John Bryan.

On Thursday a Swedish court ordered Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, put on trial for assault after his arrest for a July 3rd brawl.

One video of the incident suggests that Rocky, 30, and his bodyguards were harassed by two local men for some time before fighting erupted, and the rapper said it was self-defense.

That has stoked a outpouring of anger from fans, but also the occasional pithy comment from wags wondering if Rocky might have to assemble his own furniture in his Swedish cell.

Others called him lucky to have the chance to eat Ikea's famous meatballs.

Sweden wasn't immediately facing any significant economic fallout from the calls for boycotts, however. None of those urging a moratorium on Swedish goods had substantial followings or were major public figures.

And as popular as it is, most people who shop at Ikea go only once in several months.

But the pressure could grow, if Twitter is any indication.

Another hashtag on heavy rotation was #JustSayNoToPickledHerring and one social media user claimed Trump was considering a lingonberry levy.

 READ ALSO: Swedish politicians slam Trump over ASAP Rocky case

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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