Man in police uniform in front of cameras
Regional police commissioner Klas Friberg. Credit: Adam Ihse/TT

Body cameras, reinforcements to help police ahead of rally

Police commissioner: We will be many police officers in Gothenburg on Saturday
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Body cameras and reinforcements from all around the country will assist police during Saturday's neo-Nazi march in downtown Gothenburg.

Regional police commissioner Klas Friberg said on Wednesday that they are well prepared for possible disturbances in connection with the planned march by the Nordic Resistance Movement.

"Our job is to make it possible for those who want to express an opinion, whether they have a permit to demonstrate or not," 

The police's aim is to prevent crimes, and to bring those who commit them to justice. Extra jail space has been added in a former garage at the police premises to do so.

Police officers from all around the country will be flown in especially for this weekend and will be in uniform and plain clothes. Officers will also be wearing body cameras.

On Wednesday, the Nordic Resistance Movement appealed a court decision made earlier in the week that shorten, and slightly alter the route of the march. They want the decision cancelled before the weekend, which the court is currently reviewing. On Wednesday afternoon, the Swedish Football Association also appealed the decision. They are not happy with the court's route, which ends outside the Ullevi stadium an hour before kick-off in a Superettan-match. Police say they are prepared for any possible alternatives to the route.

A number of roads will be closed to allow for the demonstration, counter-demonstration and police operations. Friberg said it is not just the Gothenburg Book Fair, with approximately 30,000 visitors, the Ullevi match and the Jewish festivities around Yom Kippur, but it is also a so called "pay-day-Saturday", the weekend after people have received their monthly salary, which tend to mean a lot of people about town.

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