Around thirty arrested in Sweden during an extreme right rally
Sunday, 01 October 2017
More than thirty people were arrested in Göteborg in South-West Sweden on Saturday, after clashes between Neo-Nazi militants, antifascists and police. The clashes happened during a rally organised by the extreme right movement Nordiska motstandsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement, NMR).
Hundreds of people attended the authorised rally, some bearing helmets and shields. Thousands of counter-protesters also took to the streets.
The police were expecting trouble and requested reinforcements from other police departments. At least 35 people were arrested. Two people were hurt, including a police officer who received a broken arm.
The Swedish police say extreme right groups have become more and more active in the country. In July, three Neo-Nazi militants were given lengthy prison sentences for two bomb attacks and one attempted attack, all on immigrant accommodation centres. One person was seriously injured in one of the attacks.
There have been dozens of attacks against centres that help asylum seekers in Sweden over the last few years. 300,000 immigrants, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, moved there between 2013 and 2015.