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Neo-Nazi march set for downtown Stockholm

Published fredag 11 november 2016 kl 12.08
A 2009 demonstration held by the Nordic Resistance Movement, then known as the Swedish Resistance Movement.
A 2009 demonstration held by the Nordic Resistance Movement, then known as the Swedish Resistance Movement. Credit: Fredrik Persson / TT.

Several streets in central Stockholm will be briefly cordoned off on Saturday when a Neo-Nazi group holds a planned march.

The Nordic Resistance Movement will march at 11 a.m. from the downtown park of Kungsträdgården and head about one kilometer south before stopping at the public square of Mynttorget. The gathering will end at 4 p.m.

Saturday's demonstration will be held under the slogan of "Stop the immigrant invasion." The Nordic Resistance Movement describes itself as a national socialist organization that is hostile to immigration to Sweden and calls for the "repatriation of the majority of peoples that are not of North European descent."

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported that a counter demonstration denouncing the march will be held at nearby Sergels torg and is expected to draw some 5,000 people.

Stockholm police will be out in force and blocking certain streets as the march passes through town. Law enforcement officials are urging calm during the day.

"Our strategy and our goal is that both demonstrations take place in a calm and orderly fashion," police spokesman Lars Byström told Dagens Nyheter.

The American embassy in Stockholm urged U.S. citizens in an email to avoid the areas affected by the march since "past demonstrations involving this group have turned violent."

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