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Expo: Nazi, far-right movements fragmenting

Uppdaterat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 11.28
Publicerat torsdag 19 maj 2016 kl 10.01
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Expos vd Daniel Pohl. Foto: Karin Wettre/Sveriges Radio.

Nazi and other right-wing groups are less active in Sweden but their actions tend to be more violent and harder to attribute to specific groups, suggests a survey by the anti-racist magazine Expo.

Expo found that far-right groups held fewer outreach activities, demonstrations, and concerts in 2015 than in previous years. The total number of activities in 2014 was 2,865 and dropped to 2,222 in 2015.

The magazine's editor-in-chief Daniel Poohl believes this decrease is partly due to 2014's electoral failure by the Party of the Swedes. The neo-Nazi party campaigned for local political positions in Sweden's general election but ultimately disbanded after receiving less than 5,000 votes.

Even though the party no longer exists, other groups have emerged to fill its place, most notably the Nordic Resistance Movement.

Expo reported that the group's actions are increasingly violent and radical. They include a surprise attack on demonstrators at an anti-racism rally in the southern Stockholm suburb of Kärrtorp in 2013.

The survey suggests that Nazi and fascist movements in Sweden are becoming less centralized as political parties are fragmenting into smaller, more informal networks.

Jonathan Leman, a researcher at Expo, told Radio Sweden that immigration has given right-wing groups a cause to attract more supporters. But he didn't think that the recent record-influx of migrants to Sweden had necessarily created new support.

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