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Sweden takes a stand for racial tolerance Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Before we move on with crayfish parties, eating manners, surströmming (awfully smelling fermented fish in a tin can) and other non-political stuff, let’s just quickly focus on what’s happening in post-election Sweden at the moment.

As we all know by now, the right wing Sweden Democrats secured 5.7 percent of the vote and 20 seats in the parliment. Apart from causing a very complicated political situation, this has created a massive stir amongst the Swedes. Yesterday, a crowd of around 6,000 people gathered in central Stockholm to demonstrate against racism. With bannners stating  “Yes to togetherness, No to racism” and “No racists in parliament,” the crowd showed their disapproval to the election results and similar demonstrations  were held in Gothenburg and Malmö as well. All the gatherings were spontaneously organised by people via Facebook and Twitter, amongst them  a 17-year-old girl from a Stockholm suburb, Felicia Margineanu, who got the 6000 people in Stockholm together through a protest call on her Facebook page.

Demonstrations, flashmobs, Facebook groups and protests are  happening and are being formed all over Sweden right now and Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest tabloid magazine Aftonbladet, has started a massive campaign. It called “Vi gillar olika” (We like different) and 270 000 Swedes has joined so far. If you want to join, click here.

There’s much that can be said about the voting result, the Sweden Democrats and the political sitiuation in Sweden at the moment, but like Marcus, nor I’m no political scientist or expert. I prefer to focus on everyone up there who is taking the fight, creating a stir and who are raising their unhappy voices. No matter what is causing it, I think it’s fantastic to see people come togheter and join forces like this. That, if anything, makes me proud to be Swede.

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  1. Efrutik:

    Good for the Swedes! Very heartwarming to see that the close-minded one’s are not the only one’s that are the loudest. Grassroots efforts are way to go. Don’t be silent Sweden, stand up for what is right!

    Thank you for the post.

  2. Sofia Majlis Hanson:

    I am ecstatic to see such movements to uphold what makes Sweden Sweden in terms of social/ racial tolerance. I was born and have lived abroad all my life – I am 16 years old born and living in Canada-; only visited Sweden occasionally but I take great pride in my dad’s (my root) homeland for its “high class” of peace loving, difference embracing culture and policy. The story of Wallenburg, the very generous and humanistic foreign policy and many, many other things have set Sweden in a high position socially, politically and what not and now this. I don’t know why in such culture there are people so hateful …

    By the way, thanks for the very regular blogs. I have learned so much from them. Tack sa mycket!

  3. gabriel:

    Hi Jennie,
    I also thought the protest were awesome and I’m glad Swedes are stepping up and getting angry for once!

    But I wonder, what people think?

    Would they rather have the center-right win the majority now or continue this political limbo and see what the parties can work out?