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Sunday, December 22, 2013

No Racists on Our Streets: 16 thousand Stockholmers

The rally was organized by Line 17, a neighborhood self-organization against racism and other socio-economic problems, in Kärrtorp in the south of capital with numbers swelled by last week's violence after a similar rally in the same place was marred by violence and attacks instigated by neo-Nazis. Representative of Line 17 group said at a brief press conference at noon that today's manifestation was more than just a protest against neo-Nazis but an overall rejection of racism as well as security problems. DJ pair Bianca and Tiffany Kronlöv in a short speech earlier in the day say
"It is too easy to say 'F you all Nazis,' we must together look at ourselves and understand the power we have in this matter every day."
 Members of the Left party made speeches and solidarity messages from Sweden as well as all over the world were read at the manifestation. The neo-Nazi group were vandalizing the area with Nazi symbols and racist graffiti recently and that why residents of Stockholm took to the street to express that such practices are not welcome on their streets and neighborhoods. Regardless of the cold weather, the atmosphere was jovial and an estimated 16-20 thousand people of all groups (men, women, children, young and old with different religious and ethnic backgrounds) were enthusiastically showing their condemnation against racism and fascism. The highlight of today's protest was that racism and Nazism are not acceptable in any forms and shape. The protesters said loud and clear "No racists on our Streets". Local artists staged performances while representatives of the left party and self-organized youth groups of different areas of Stockholm made speeches. A FaceBook group dedicated to this cause fetched nearly 20 thousands supporters from all over the world and #Kärrtorp is the highest trending hashtag here in Sweden since last week's protest. The protest against Nazism and racism was held under heavy police presence numbering over 100 officers.
Similar protest marches were held elsewhere in Sweden on Sunday including Borås, Luleå, Malmö and Motala.

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