Thursday, January 15, 2009

The leader of Sweden’s largest party participated in a demonstration of clear Anti-Semitic elements

Islamists burned an Israeli flag in front of the Israeli embassy in Stockholm. Photo by Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

Mona Sahlin, the leader of the Swedish Social democrats, took part in a demonstration where Hezbollah flags were proudly waved and the flag of Israel was burned.

From Dagens Nyheter

Dror Feiler, initiator and member of the network Gaza Solidarity, appreciated her presence.

“We are pleased that the Social Democrats are with us today in this demonstration. Hope they do not forget this when they sit in the government next time.”

From Gudmundson

The Social democrats is the largest political party in Sweden. Since the loss of power in the elections in 2006 the party chose Mona Sahlin as their new leader. The former party leader Göran Persson took heavy criticism for leaning more towards Israel while prime minister. His successor Mona Sahlin, on the other hand, has created a coalition with the radical Left Party and the Green Party, which both heavily slams Israel.

This private photo shows that at least one portrait of Hassan Nasrallah, the Hizbollah leader, was carried in the Stockholm demonstration, right beneath the speaker's corner at Sergels Torg.

A portrait of Hassan Nasrallah at Sergels Torg.

The Facebook group for Network Gaza Solidarity features films from the demonstration in Stockholm. In one movie a Hamas flag waves just in front of the speaker Dror Feiler.

Another representative, Lars Stjernkvist, who is a former party secretary for the Social democrats, also demonstrated under the Hizbollah flag in Norrköping.

Erik Svansbo, blogger in Norrköping, has pictures from the demo, where Lars Stjernkvist participated under the Hizbollah banner.

Former party secretary for the Social democrats, Lars Stjernkvist, participated under the Hezbollah flag. Photo by Erik Svansbo.

Svansbo writes: "I confronted Stjernkvist with the fact that he was in a rally with Hizbollah. There was nothing strange with that, he said."

Svansbo also noted a sign with swastikas at the demo.

Swastikas in the Norrköping demo against Israel. Photo by Erik Svansbo.

Sydsvenska Dagbladet has pictures from the rally in Malmö where another party heavyweighter, MP Luciano Astudillo (who also is considered to be one of the Social democrat's up and coming, high in rank within party leader Mona Sahlin's gang), gave a speech. Next to him stands a guy with a picture of the leader of Hizbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, on his sweater...

The Malmö rally, where the Social democrat MP Luciano Astudillo gave a speech, saw at least three large Hizbollah flags, according to a video in the Facebook group for the Network Gaza Solidarity.

Sydsvenska Dagbladet also describes the demo in Göteborg, under the headline "Protesters burned Israeli flags": "In connection with the rally on Gustaf Adolf Square white cloth with Israeli symbols were burned, and young men dressed in black kicked around with the soot remains."

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