Police under fire for letting Nazi march proceed without permit
On Sunday, about 50 Nazis marched in Gothenburg without a permit.
Critics, from Center party leader Annie Lööf to Left party local politician Daniel Bernmar, say police should have intervened to put a stop to the march, but regional police chief Klas Friberg defended the decision not to. He told Swedish Radio that police don't have the right to disband a demonstration simply on account of the fact that the organizers haven't applied for a permit.
The police are also under fire for issuing a flyer (link in Swedish) last week in anticipation of the march that the Nordic Resistance Movement is planning to carry out on September 30th in Gothenburg. (That march has been issued a permit.) The flyer instructs demonstrators not to behave or dress in ways that are reminiscent of Nazi demonstrations from the 1930s or 1940s.
The police say that the flyer is part of their work to reduce conflict, but Anna-Lena Lodenius, a journalist and expert on extremist movements, tells Radio Sweden that the message is restrictive of freedom of speech.