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Appeal against racism and discrimination

Updated lördag 14 september 2013 kl 16.40
Published lördag 14 september 2013 kl 11.29
Neo-Nazi march in Stockholm Saturday, Photo: Erika Nekham/TT

A call to fight racism, discrimination, and prejudice has been published in Saturday’s editions of the newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen.

Signed by more than 400 prominent Swedes, the appeal says “It is high time to speak out! It is time to talk about a Sweden where everyone has equal value no matter what ethnic background, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.”

Among those signing are Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven, Liberal EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson, commentator Jan Scherman, and soccer national team coaches Pia Sundhage and Erik Hamrén. More than 5000 people have signed an online version of the appeal.

More than 5000 people have signed an online version of the appeal.

The appeal comes as the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats continue to attract just under 10 percent in public opinion polls, despite a series of scandals concerning racist and sexist incidents.

Neo-Nazis demonstrate in Stockholm

A water balloon fight broke out during a demonstration by the neo-Nazi “Party of the Swedes” in Stockholm Saturday.

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