Stockholm, 10 March-2014, (Aljazeera): Swedish neo-Nazis allegedly attacked several people in central Malmo on Saturday night. Six victims were reportedly taken to hospital; one of them remains in critical condition. Police have arrested three others on suspicion of attempted murder. Neo-Nazi group Svenskarnas Parti (“Party of the Swedes”) acknowledged their members were involved in the incident, but claimed they were acting in self-defence.
A large crowd gathered in Malmo, Sweden on Sunday, March 9, 2014 to protest far-right violence. Photo via Twitter user@SamiraAriadad.
The victim in critical condition, identified by his first name, Showan, is a prominent 25-year-old football fan and co-founder of the group “Football Fans Against Homophobia”. He has received a wave of support locally and internationally, after friends and fellow football fans launched a campaign in support of his recovery.
Protests against the violence also took place in several Swedish cities on Sunday, as word of the attack spread through social media. 1,500 people demonstrated in Malmö, while hundreds gathered in both Gothenburg and Stockholm. The hashtag #KämpaShowan (“Fight, Showan!”), trended on Twitter on Sunday and Monday, as thousands spoke out against far-right violence.