"Nazis' biggest demonstration of strength ... since WW2"

Three people were still in police custody on Sunday morning after a violent clash between protestors and police in connection with a neo-Nazi meeting in Malmö yesterday, which is part of a multi-city tour the party leader is making ahead of general elections next month.

According to the anti-racist organization Expo, this is the Nazi's biggest demonstration of strength in Sweden, since World War II.

The leader of the neo-Nazi "Party of the Swedes" is holding speeches in 21 cities or towns from 23 August to 30 August, culminating with Stockholm.

In the 2010 elections, the Party of the Swedes, won one municipal mandate in Grästorp. Now, the party is hoping to win 10 municipal mandates and 10,000 votes in the Parliamentary elections next month.

"It's a week that's about creating headlines," said Alexander Bengtsson, of Expo, adding that in his view, the party believes any publicity is good publicity, and that the party has decided to hold meetings in bigger cities to spur violent protests.

Two people are being held by the police suspected of violent rioting during Saturday's protest in Malmö, and the other is being held for wearing a mask, despite a ban, according to the Skåne police. In all, six people had been taken into the station, but the rest have been released after preliminary hearings and a decision from the prosecutor, reports news agency TT.

A total of ten people had to go to the hospital after the demonstrations, including one man in his 20s who had to go to the emergency room but was able to leave Saturday night.

Police have been criticized for riding on horseback directly into the crowd, and one of the demonstrators, Gabriel Pérez Santiago, felt that the police were the ones who had begun the violence.

"It's direct assault from the police's side," Santiago said, adding, "Why are they protecting Nazis when they say they have to protect democracy?"

Press spokesperson for the police, Ewa-Gun Westford told TT, "It's hard to be pleased when several people were injured," but that the police could not have done things differently, that people were provoking the horses with pins, and throwing bottles, flares and firecrackers.

"This is our way of working - to split a crowd with vehicles and horses," said Westford.