Sahlin threatened by neo-Nazis at Almedalen

The newspaper Expressen reports that former Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin was threatened Friday night by neo-Nazis.

The three men, members of the neo-Nazi “Party of the Swedes” (Svenskarnas parti), reportedly called Sahlin “traitor” and followed her to her hotel in Visby, where she is attending Almedalen week. Sahlin tells the newspaper “They seemed to strongly hate me.”

Journalist K-G Bergström, who witnessed the incident, said “It was really unpleasant. They were intimidating.”

Sahlin has received several death threats in recent years. Expresssen reports that after the incident she contact Säpo, the intelligence unit of the Swedish police, who in turn contacted the Visby police.

In his speech at Almedalen Wednesday, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, despite being in the other political block, praised Mona Sahlin for never hesitating to speak out against the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat Party and racism in general.