A Tale of Two Nations
Norway's National Day, 2005
Sweden's National Day, 2005. Extreme Leftists against neo-Nazis. The Leftists were demonstrating "against nationalism: For international solidarity, abolish the nation state". They were also burning a Swedish flag in the heart of Stockholm, shouting: "We want to see Sweden fall!". Given the state of things, they may get their wish granted. But don't worry, Sweden is one of the best governed countries in the world.
Extremists demonstrate across Sweden
In Stockholm the opposing camps started their marches shortly after noon under clearing skies. Some 400 right-wingers had gathered on central Stockholm's Odenplan square for a "People's March," including a group wearing a uniform of black berets, jackboots, khaki trousers and black tops, and brandishing brown and black flags. "We are demonstrating on behalf of all those who still believe in nationhood and race," said Per, a demonstrator who would only give his first name. The rightists, marching in orderly formation, were outnumbered by left-wing demonstrators who started their march about a kilometre down the road at the same time. Many of the leftwing demonstrators, who totalled 600 to 700 according to police estimates, covered their faces with black scarves and were carrying large square plastic shields. Chanting slogans like "Fight fascism" and "Down with international capitalism" they moved towards the south of the city as riot police cordoned off streets.