A reader in Skåne emailed us this report on today’s events in Lund, where a venerable tradition revived by Swedish nationalists (including the neo-Nazis) was met with an “anti-racist” counter-demonstration. See last Thursday’s report for background on this event.
Here’s what happened today:
For the officially permitted demonstration honoring Carl XII, approximately fifty individuals collected around this monument at the northern outskirts of Lund between 4 and 5 pm. The monument memorializes one of the worst bloodbaths, “the Battle of Lund” between the Swedes and the Danes around 1676, and has got nothing to do with Carl XII. Carl XII died on the 30th of November 1718 in Norway, fighting the Norwegians.
The counter-demonstrators, who had no official permission, were throwing stones and grave-candles at the police (the monument is 300 meters away from the big Lund cemetery).
The police strategy was to keep the groups apart. Roads and streets were blocked all around the monument — lots of riot police, but no dialogue police were seen. Some twenty mounted police, etc.
There were many counter-demonstrators, 1000-1500, lots of them with masked faces, lots of trash — medium age late teens through say 25. One strange thing: there is no mention of Nazis, only about nationalists, also on the radio. Very significant — there must be a dog buried here!
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On the radio, the 6 pm news had nothing exceptional to report.
I include the latest from Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter, nothing special.
There may be fights when the Nationalists try to go back to town. The Monument is about a kilometre from central Lund. In that case it must happen just about now…
In all haste!
No word yet on any further trouble. I’ll post an update tomorrow if any more news arrives.
The material from the newspapers was in Swedish, and our correspondent translated only a little bit (sorry, no URLs available):
4 arrested — 52 in custody
Police attacked by counter-demonstrators
The counter-demonstrators tried to start fights at the train station in Lund earlier in the day, 1400-1500.