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Sweden Democrat councillor leaves for "Nazi" party

Published onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 13.15
Demonstrations by the far right in Sweden usually only happen under police protection. Photo: Lars Bernfalk/Swedish Radio

The Party of the Swedes, which came from Sweden's neo-Nazi party, has gained a place on the council for the southern Swedish town of Tidaholm, after the man elected to the post for the Sweden Democrats changed alleigance.

This is the second council seat for the Party of the Swedes, after they won an election in nearby Grästorp. That was the first time a party with a clear link to the neo-Nazi movement has gained seats in Swedish politics.

The leader of the party says to Swedish Radio Skaraborg that he is reaping the rewards of the Sweden Democrats "changing course," saying that many of the anti-immigrant party's members no longer feel at home there.

The party says in its programme that "only people who have Western genetic and cultural heritage shall be allowed to become Swedish citizens."

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