Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson (second from right) at the head of the march, Photo: Drago Prvulovic/Scanpix

Demonstration against anti-Semitism in Malmö

Around 400 people took part in a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Malmö Saturday morning. They marched from the city’s synagogue to the nearby Möllevångstorget square.

Among the speakers was Swedish EU and Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson, who said “I think it is obvious that we show that Malmö is a city of openness and tolerance.

International attention has been drawn recently to growing anti-Semitism in Malmö, following an increase in hate crimes directed at Jews, and Malmö Mayor Ilmar Reepalu’s controversial statement that there was a connection between the local Jewish community and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party.

Reepalu later withdrew the statement, but demonstration participant Regina Lindelöf told Swedish Radio News that Jews in Malmö are afraid to show their religious affiliation in public:

“It is difficult,” she said, “and you get afraid. There are nationalities in Malmö who do not approve of us.”

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