A snap demonstration massed around 20,000 people a week later. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Radio Sweden
A snap demonstration massed around 20,000 people a week later. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Radio Sweden

Demo marks one year after neo-Nazi attack

A year after an anti-Nazi demonstration was attacked, some thousand people gathered to mark continued resistance to far-right violence.

Despite the unappealing weather, a large number of people showed up to show their support for the initiative, organized by "Line 17 Against Racism."

"I'm here to demonstrate and show that there are many of us that are against racism," Pia Karlsson tells news agency TT.

The reason behind the rally, according to "Line 17" is to show that the fight against racism has to continue and that local organizations can make a difference.

"We want to inspire, bring hope, and show that you can start small," says Sandra Eriksson, a spokesperson for "Line 17.

In December 2013 “Line 17 Against Racism” called for a protest, after people had noticed an increase in local Nazi graffiti.

The 200 demonstrators were attacked by dozens of armed neo-Nazis from the militant SMR ("Swedish Resistance Movement") group, and only a few police were on hand to deal with the violence.

The crowd was able to repel the attack, with armed left-wing activists from "Anti-Fascist Action” taking part.

A week after the attack around 20,000 people gathered to underline Stockholm’s widespread disgust at the neo-Nazi attack.

Following the violence seven Nazis were sentenced to months in prison for attacking people with wooden clubs and a left wing activist was sentenced to six and a half years for stabbing one of the attackers.

"It still makes me shiver to think that regular people like us forced hardcore Nazis to back down," Ammar Khorshed, one of the "Line 17" activists, tells TT.

He feels that the anti-racism movement in Sweden gathered new momentum after the attack.

"After Kärrtorp, anti-racism became a popular movement," he says. "Many people were reminded of the danger that the Nazis represent, that they're not just some confused guys online, but that they can attack."

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