The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), a nationalist Neo-Nazi inspired movement in Sweden, descended on the city of Gothenburg today to march against the government’s refugee policy, which they claim is making it impossible to grow up normally in their 5 million population country anymore.
In response, anti-fascist groups showed up and police had a hard time keeping the two groups separated. As you can see in the video, there were some brawls with the police and several arrests were made.
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The NMR had obtained a police permit to march but say they were provoked by the anti-fascists.
During the protest march itself, police arrested some 20 people from both sides and one police officer was injured in a scuffle with protesters.
A police spokesman declared that once the protests were over several fights broke out all over the city and they had to arrest 10 more people.
The march also coincided with the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, a day of atonement observed by fasting and praying for the jews, and the original NMR route was initially planned to pass close to a Gothenburg synagogue, but police made them change this.
The police had anticipated this happening and 350 reinforcements from other stations in Sweden had been brought to Goteborg to handle civil order today.
Back in 2015, at the height of the European immigrant crisis, Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other European country. In 2016 there were several incidents with refugees which has brought with it a rise in the polls for nationalist parties.
As from June 2016, Sweden toughened the rules for migrants seeking asylum, limiting who can receive permanent residency, and making it more difficult for parents to reunite with their children.