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In my former blog post, I wrote about the fact that Stellan Bojerud and his colleagues in the Sweden Party had to use coded messages and change places in order to mislead the groups that are pursuing members of this young party, aiming at seats in the Swedish parliament according to several public opinion polls lately.

This is not a unique situation for Stellan Bojerud just because he and his party members live in the neighbourhood of Stockholm. Here I will give you examples that many more persons have been seriously harassed and attacked because of their membership and political work in the very same party.

First, I will describe the groups of people who keep on harassing these politicians by making them victims of attempts in order to sabotage their political work. The perpetrators adhere to an organisation called AFA, which stands for Anti Fascist Action (Antifascistisk Aktion), founded in 1993. This is an extreme leftist organisation and in spite of the name, where they pretend to fight against fascism, they are a flagrant example of fascism themselves.

AFA documents and even brags about its sabotaging the election process at several places. The last weeks before the election in 2006, they systematically removed the SD’s election posters from the streets. They systematically removed the SD’s election propaganda from libraries. They even took out the party’s election of people’s mail boxes. The election candiates of the SD were sent personal threatening letters to withdraw from the elections, and some actually withdrew because they couldn’t stand the pressure. Here they have even made lists of the politicians to harass with names, adresses and social security number.

The most serious thing, i.e. a flagrant example of undermining democracy, is that they systematically removed all the voting ballots from the polling-booths, both on the day of the election and before. This last move has even caused the Danish member of the EU parliament Morten Messerschmidt to request that the EU sends election observers to Sweden during the election in September. He says:

“I do not want to discredit the general commitment to democracy in Sweden. But now the picture of Sweden’s way to handle smaller parties – and especially parties critical of the immigration policy – to become so blurry, ambiguous and surrounded by rumors that it must be in Sweden’s best interest to get the system checked by independent observers.”

More to mention and just as horrid is that stones have been thrown through windows of the SD members by AFA activists. Axes have been planted in some of the SD members’ doors. Personal threats have been spray-painted outside their houses or apartments. Last summer the party’s press officer and his partner were brutally knocked down by a group of 20 persons. During the attack the perpertrators were shouting political insults.

This and much more is posted openly and possible to read in the links on their website. No criminal investigation has been done. The police remain passive. During the SD’s open-air meetings the police don’t intervene more than necessarily. On one occasion the police didn’t even prevent bloodshed. This passiveness is also characterizing the press, that stands back with its criticism.

One daily newspaper, The Gothenburg Post (Göterborgs-Posten), has examined the violence of the extreme left, though. Out of 180 cases in western Sweden that the newspaper has examined, the police and the public prosecutor have only succeeded to bind someone to the crime on one single occasion.

Given this background, it would be very interesting to know if the Swedish elections would be accepted as democratic by independent international observers.

N.B! Extra link inserted 11 February. This is a link of a list of all the crimes and harassments committed against memebers of the Sweden Democrats in recent years. The link is only in Swedish, though.

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Freedom of speech is asserted to be a valued cornerstone in the western countries. Sweden, as well, wants to emphasize that this country is no exception. I will nevertheless show that this freedom is deeply threatened in Sweden. Here I will only mention a few examples, but there are many, many more.

The well established Swedish morning newspaper the Dagens Nyheter does not open its letters to the editor for every Tom, Dick and Harry. But for writers who propose ways of limiting democracy, there does not seem to be any obstacle to getting a text accepted, particularly if you have a title or high examination. Then you can spread your anti-democratic propaganda even without having to feel ashamed. And most people in leading positions will accept it as something completely in order!

The psychoanalyst Thomas Bohm, entangles himself in a discussion on 9 January with the title “The Sweden Democrats are an orthodox minority group”. The party (hereinafter “SD”) is accused of being “Unswedish” and intolerant. But a considerable part of the Swedish inhabitants share the party’s views, so how can they then be “Unswedish” and a minority group? So could these statements be scientific and be well founded? He continues to say: “since we don’t want to be like SD, but consider tolerance as a desirable characteristic, we can let them stay on here”.

Interesting is the way he uses the word “we”, to show that “everyone” has the same opinion as Bohm. How can he know? On the contrary, he is using wishful thinking in a way to propagate for the “correct” opinion. He continues his unscientific nonsense under cover of his academic title.

Another letter to the editor published in the other well renowned morning paper, The Svenska Dagbladet, written by Martin Peterson, associate professor in philosophy proposes that one way to outweigh all the future seats of the SD in the parliament, would be that all the other parties form a group together containing the same number of seats, whose only purpose is to vote against the SD votes. He seriously suggests that the votes of thousands of Swedish voters would be outmanoeuvred. He shows no moral doubts whatsoever about the fact that he is talking about a way to undermine democracy!

An association called “The Geatish Association” (Götiska förbundet) is a fellowship established in 1815 and the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustav is the fellowship’s protector. It is a democratic association, is open for all Swedish citizens and is against discrimination. On 8 January GA excludes two of its members because they are members of SD. The excluded persons are alleged to harm GA because they adhere to the Sweden Democrats.

Stellan Bojerud is a retired army officer and a military historian. He has been active in the party the Moderaterna (the Moderates, that form a part of today’s government) and has participated in Swedish radio and television and is renowned for much more. In 2009, he was disappointed at the Moderates’ defence policy, left the Moderates and joined SD.

He describes on his blog how his life changed after this switch of parties. He was fired from his job at Historical Media. An old friend broke off their friendship, but more people came and shook his hand in secret. They said that they didn’t dare to it show openly. When he and his party mates meet they have to do it at secret places, use code words in SMS and coded phone calls because of the threats of the left extremists in AFA (Anti Fascist Action, a militant group using violence).

Stellan and his party mates live like a resistance movement in an occupied country. But as he says: “we are not occupied by a foreign enemy, but by Swedes who support foreign interests (extreme Islamism). Quislings of the Swedish people”. All his articles, formerly inserted in the all the large Swedish newspapers, are now rejected. Not even the local newspaper accepted his reply to an attack filled with made up accusations.

N.B! There are many more people who have been dismissed from their jobs and who are bullied just because they are members of the SD.

In the suppression of free opinion and contempt of democracy that characterize today’s Sweden there is an underlying “terror”, that supports and preserves the folly. If you don’t keep to the accepted opinion, you are immediately bullied out of the community. This is the reason the misgovernment can continue. It is worse to admit that you intends to vote for SD than revealing that you are homosexual.

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