Sweden now has two significant anti-immigration parties, the Sweden Democrats (SD) and Alternative for Sweden (AfS). The latter is smaller, newer, and less hesitant about speaking openly and frankly about the need to return Sweden to the control of native Swedes.
A crucial election is coming up next Sunday in Sweden. Both migration-critical parties are expected to make major gains in parliament after the vote, and the Sweden Democrats have a shot at becoming the country’s largest party.
Alternative for Sweden was planning a final rally before the election in Stockholm next Friday. The party had gone through the correct procedures and obtained the necessary permit from the municipal authorities. However, at the last minute the government yanked the permit, using the “hate speech” of a party member as its excuse.
Significantly, the leader of AfS, Gustav Kasselstrand, has announced that the party does not recognize the legitimacy of the municipality’s decision. He says the rally will go ahead as planned, and called for all AfS supporters to show up at the location in central Stockholm.
Swedes are not as reflexively respectful of authority as Germans are, but they’re pretty close, so this is a momentous act of defiance on the part of AfS. One might expect, say, Scots to be this ornery. But Swedes…?
It seems that change is in the wind.
Many thanks to Tania Groth for translating this article from the Swedish dissident website Fria Tider:
Ruling parties stop Alternative for Sweden (AfS) in “Kungsan” — Kasselstrand: “Now it’s war!”
September 3, 2018
Politicians in the city of Stockholm decided today to cancel Alternative for Sweden’s (AfS) final election gathering in Kungsträdgården (“Kungsan”) this coming Friday, September 7. However, the AFS announces that they will still show up, and are calling on supporters to join them.
“We do not accept this decision,” says party leader Gustav Kasselstrand to the Swedish online outlet Fria Tider.
In connection with the public AfS party rally in Malmö this past Sunday, Jeff Ahl was reported for “persecution of minorities” because he used the phrase “Sweden for Swedes”.
This is what the city of Stockholm is using as an excuse to cancel the party’s final election rally in Kungsträdgården this coming Friday.
“Our premises and facilities should not be used by those who want to harm our democracy. This applies equally regardless of which anti-democratic or extreme political orientation you support,” says the Social Democratic Finance Council member Karin Wanngård.
In a press release, it was also stated that “We do not rent premises or facilities to organizations that do not support the democratic rule of law, do not stand up for human rights and do not support equality between women and men. ‘Persecution of minorities’ is a clear stand against the violation of human rights.
“Citizens of Stockholm have the right to feel that we are on their side, and an organization that actively targets citizens of Stockholm is not welcome to claim the resources of the city.”
When Fria Tider called AfS party chairman Gustav Kasselstrand, he said that they will not obey Stockholm city council’s decision.
“It’s scandalous. We will not accept the decision. We invite everyone to come to Kungsan on Friday.”
He says that the charge against Jeff Ahl is “utter nonsense” and points out that it is the police themselves who have levied the charge. “You can, basically, be reported for anything these days under the heading ‘persecution of minorities’,” Kasselstrand says.
“We want a democratic meeting, and we have been granted permission for this under the rules of procedure. But apparently the city of Stockholm does not accept this, so it’s obvious that it is they who do not support democracy. It’s just an excuse they are using, as they are terrified of us having this public meeting.
“Make sure to come to Kungsträdgården,” he continues. Show your support for Alternative for Sweden and freedom of expression. We are now waging war against the political establishment,” he says to Fria Tider.
According to AfS Vice-Chairman William Hahne, the party has spent a lot of money on the planned election final. “We have spent hundreds of thousands of kroner and hundreds of hours preparing our big finale before the election, a finale that is now essentially being stopped by a trumped-up charge. Stand up for democracy and show up anyhow! EVERYBODY TO KUNGSAN!” He writes on Twitter.