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Several hundred members of the neo-Nazi group “Nordic Resistance Movement” were allowed to march through the Swedish town of Falun on May Day.

May Day is an ancient European festival which was selected as the “International Workers Day” in the Second International, and has ever since been associated with Left-Wing Politics. However, the neo-Nazi group were allowed to march in a formal manner through the streets, with police looking on. They were opposed by anti-Fascist protesters.

Karl-Erik Pettersson, a local social Democrat, said it “is horrendous and a threat to our democracy that a party that does not stand for the equal rights of all people is given an opportunity to be seen on this day meant for the labour movement. But our parade will be bigger than ever”.

The group is explicitly antisemitic and neo-Nazi. One of its leaders ended a speech calling on “nordic” people to rise up, and proceeded to shout “Hail Victory”.

The group has as its stated aims regaining “power from the global Zionist elite”, the forced deportation of all non-Europeans and to “racially assess” all those who came to Sweden after 1975. They claim that the “Jewish owned media” is responsible for immigration and that “Jewish racism” has been a constant since the Biblical era. A whole section of their manifesto is devoted to “Zionists”, and describes Jews as controlling world finance, describes Jews as “parasites” – borrowing, unsurprisingly, directly from Nazi propaganda, and vows to “topple” this “world order” which is portrayed as almost exclusively Jewish. They also identify “Zionism” with a “decadent” system, which is a variant on a common antisemitic canard that Jews attempt to turn cultures towards decadence and away from traditional values. Throughout the manifesto, Jews are portrayed as the roots of all the “problems” identified by the group, such as the dominance of finance, immigration, a decadent culture, and the mass media.

Ironically, this blatant neo-Nazi propaganda is interrupted at one point to proclaim that “not all Jews are Zionists and…there are Jews who stand against the Zionist endeavour for power”, which shows that even neo-Nazis who advocating racial screening in order to deport those who are not racially “pure” enough for them think they can cover their antisemitism if they purport to merely be attacking “Zionists”. Despite this, throughout their manifesto, the group employs some of the most recognisable antisemitic stereotypes from Nazi propaganda.

They also support a pan-Nordic nation, in which the Scandinavia countries form a single entity. This is of course disturbingly similar to Hitler’s aim of all Germanic people’s being united under his rule. They also wish to limit citizenship to people for whom either “both parents are Nordic citizens or if one parent is a Nordic citizen…the other is of a closely related race”.

The fact that hundreds of these people were able to march, opposed only by a few anti-Fascist protesters, through a Swedish town on May Day is extremely disturbing. Throughout their material, they present themselves as anti-establishment, purporting to oppose the dominance of financial services, supporting environmental regulations, opposing inherited power and wealth, including Monarchy, and other policies which, whilst they may not have necessarily been opposed to Nazis or other Fascists, appear to have been emphasised by the NRM to attempt to appeal to left-leaning youths who are disaffected with aspects of contemporary political life. An appearance on May Day is not merely an attempt to intimidate Jews and non-Whites, but also an attempt to legitimise their views to a left-wing audience, which is increasingly happy to engage in antisemitic discourse itself.


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Daniel Leons-Marder is the editor of Everyday Antisemitism. He first became involved with Campaign Against Antisemitism when he became aware of Holocaust denial books being sold by Amazon. He graduated in Summer 2016 with First Class Honours and as Dux Litterarum in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from Royal Holloway. He is currently at law school. He was previously a recording and touring musician.