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Jewish Council seeks to move Nazi rally in Gothenburg

Updated måndag 11 september 2017 kl 16.00
Published måndag 11 september 2017 kl 15.14
Chairman: Rally's path is a big risk
(1:43 min)
The Nordic Resistance Movement during an earlier march this year in Falun, central Sweden.
The Nordic Resistance Movement during an earlier march this year in Falun, central Sweden. Credit: Ulf Palm/TT

The Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities will petition police to reroute or reschedule a march by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, which will pass near the local synagogue on the high holiday of Yom Kippur.

The council's chairman Aron Veständig tells Radio Sweden that he's not opposed to police allowing the rally but rather its date and location in downtown Gothenburg.

"We're definitely not against the march itself," he says. "The problem is that when this passes so close to the synagogue, it causes a lot of worry among the members of the community and it also creates a security risk."

Police in Gothenburg will allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to hold a rally on September 30, the same day as Yom Kippur, outside the Göteborg Book Fair, saying that even though many may feel threatened or provoked by the group, their march cannot be banned just because they are Nazis.

Police are also expecting several counter demonstrations.

The group will march from the book fair to Gustav Adolf square, roughly half a kilometer from the synagogue. Veständig says many people will be attending services at the synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.

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