A new Swedish political party has just been formed. It’s called Alternative for Sweden (Alternativ för Sverige), and is an offshoot of the immigration-critical Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna).
This new party sounds very intriguing. It coalesced around the leadership of the Sweden Democrats’ former youth wing (Sverigedemokratisk Ungdom), which was excised from the parent party for being out of step with its principles.
Gustav Kasselstrand, the leader of Alternative for Sweden, has said in reference to the immigrants: “They will not be integrated — they are going home.” Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the Sweden Democrats, reportedly denounced the leaders of Alternative for Sweden as “extremists”.
See the comments section on Monday night’s news feed for extensive links to articles and videos, with machine translations of some of the articles, which were kindly posted by one of our Swedish readers.
Our Danish correspondent Anne-Kit has translated the party’s launch video for subtitling. She includes these remarks:
I read about Alternativ för Sverige yesterday in Snaphanen [Danish]. The only English-language article I know of so far is one from BuzzFeed. This is obviously a negative article with lots of assumptions, lies and exaggerations. The interview on Snaphanen is extremely interesting.
The party leader, Gustav Kasselstrand, was previously leader of the Youth Wing of the Sweden Democrats. Ingrid Carlqvist likens him to a young Donald Trump.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|0:08||Some day in the future you will look back on your life|
|0:12||and the choices you made. When you faced those decisions that meant something.|
|0:17||Did you give up? Or did you follow your conviction|
|0:20||even though it was hard? Remember that nothing worth fighting for|
|0:25||is ever simple. If you want to follow your dreams|
|0:29||you must hold your head high, in spite of all the opposition you will meet|
|0:34||from those who don’t share your convictions,|
|0:37||from those who don’t have the courage or don’t care enough|
|0:40||to believe in change. Sweden needs challengers.|
|0:48||People who dare to speak the truth, even when it is uncomfortable.|
|0:53||People who know that change is possible.|
|0:57||Now you face a crucial choice:|
|1:00||You can vote for the same old politicians|
|1:03||who never listen to the people, and who are destroying your country,|
|1:06||or you can choose an alternative to the politicians.|
|1:11||An alternative for Sweden.|
|1:28||When a corrupt establishment says that something is impossible,|
|1:32||it’s up to you to show them that they’re wrong. When you fight for something that you believe in|
|1:36||with all your heart, you never give up. You keep moving forward!|
|1:41||Alternative for Sweden is your movement.|
|1:45||And on 9th September you have a choice.|
|1:48||Now the journey begins to take back our country.