Neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clash in Sweden

  • 01/10/2017
Police officers stop NMR demonstrators from trying to walk along a forbidden street during the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) march in central Gothenburg, Sweden September 30, 2017. Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1D7945F100
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More than 30 people have been arrested as both neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Members of the Nordic Resistance Movement gather during the protest in Gothenburg, Sweden September 30, 2017. REUTERS/Johan Ahlander - RC1CC17DBC20
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They gathered hundreds of people for the march on Saturday, many armed with shields and helmets, while many thousands of counter-protesters also hit the streets of Gothenburg.

Police had prepared for violence to break out and had called in reinforcements from all police districts in Sweden and added 350 temporary jail beds in a police garage.

Membership in Nazi organisations is not illegal in Sweden and the Nordic Resistance Movement had a permit from the police to march.

Police officers stand next to counter-demonstrators prior to the Nordic Resistance Movement's (NMR) march in central Gothenburg, Sweden September 30, 2017. Thomas Johansson /TT News Agency/via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN - RC1B2281DA00
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Police officers stop NMR demonstrators from trying to walk along a forbidden street during the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) march in central Gothenburg, Sweden September 30, 2017. Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN - RC192AD077B0
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Swedish police said on their website that 35 people had been arrested during the day. At least two people were injured, including one police officer who broke his arm.

Sweden has taken in more immigrants per capita than any other EU-country in recent years, much to the dismay of right-wing groups.

Members of the Nordic Resistance Movement gather before a demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden September 30, 2017. Placard reads "Mona Sahlin is a criminal!". REUTERS/Johan Ahlander - RC13FEB5D8A0
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The extreme-right groups have become more active in Sweden, according to police. Three former members of the Nordic Resistance Movement were convicted earlier this year of a series of bombings targeting immigrants and political opponents.

Reuters