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Swedish Neo-Nazis Had a Fight in the Woods

A peaceful demonstration against racism and neo-Nazism turned violent when a group of neo-Nazis marched in carrying flares.

by Peter Anderson
Dec 24 2013, 7:55pm

The Swedish Resistance Movement, or SMR, an ultra-violent neo-Nazi group, has been spending a lot of time recently spreading their message in the Stockholm suburb of Kärrtorp. They have painted swastikas on pretty much every available flat surface and assaulted people who don't fit into their twisted worldview.

However, this past Sunday, around 200 people who've had enough of SMR's violent tactics gathered on Kärrtorp's main square and peacefully demonstrated against racism and neo-Nazism. Fifteen minutes into the gathering, a group of around 30 neo-Nazis marched into the square carrying smoking flares. Unfortunately, police underestimated one of Sweden's most violent far-right organizations and, as a result, only ten officers attended the event. It wasn't long before things got out of hand.

A battle commenced in a hail of flying Nazi bottles, as police desperately tried to keep the groups apart. About half an hour later, the battleground was moved from the center of Kärrtorp into the nearby woods. The chants changed from: "No Nazis on our streets!" to: "No Nazis in our forests!" and the bottles turned into sticks and stones.

Eventually, more police arrived and outnumbered the Nazis. All in all, 28 people were arrested and four injured in what will be remembered as the most medieval fight in Kärrtorp's history.

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