Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Experts say the left and right fringes in Sweden have equal potential for violence:
Political extremists in Sweden are generally more violent than their counterparts in Denmark in Germany and Denmark, a new report shows.

The study, commissioned by the government and carried out jointly by the National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå) and the Swedish security service Säpo, also found that groups on the right and the left in Sweden are equally prone to violence.

“Political violence is equally likely on both sides,” Säpo analyst Johan Olsson told Svergies Radio (SR).
But the far right gets all the attention:
In accepting the report on Monday, Sweden’s Minister of Integration and Equality Nyamko Sabuni said it was time to recognize the detrimental effects of left-wing political violence.

“We have long distanced ourselves from the white power movement’s activities and violence, not least due to historical experiences. But for just as long we’ve romanticized and downplayed the violence that left-wing groups have inflicted on society’s representatives, calling it a youthful misunderstanding or freedom fighters who have gone too far,” she told SR.

Another sign of Swedes’ differing views toward left- and right-wing violence is the difference in the number of programmes designed to help people leave extremist groups.

While there are a number of support groups for people interested in leaving neo-Nazi and other nationalistic networks on the far-right, there are few resources available to those looking to distance themselves from left-wing extremists.

“As far as I know there is no support for those who want to leave left-wing extremist movements and that’s due in part to the fact that society hasn’t treated this sort of extremism with the same seriousness as right-wing extremism,” said Robert Öhrell from Exit, a Stockholm-based organization which gives advice and support to people wishing to leave right-wing groups, to SR.
For young intellectuals nothing has more allure than forcibly redistributing wealth a la Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro and Pol Pot. You know how it works: do it their way or it's a bullet behind the ear. The seductive allure of violence perpetrated in pursuit of a supposedly noble cause is powerful indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm constantly surprised by how those who are perfectly fine with describing themselves as revolutionary marxists or who are prepared to defend Stalin are welcome and unchallenged on left-wing blogs.

I think you'll find that nobody actually defends Stalin anymore, LC.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Jeremy's blog, among others, and I've never seen anything like a defence of Stalin. Care to show any evidence?

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...there are few resources available to those looking to distance themselves from left-wing extremists."

(sigh) They don't make conservatives like they used to...surely its a case of supply and demand...its just that most in these groups don't want to leave.

Now, let's talk about the real violent extremists who come to demonstrations all tooled up with batons, pepper-spray, attack dos, horses, tasers etc...you know, the one's who are usually photographed beating the crap out of someone whose made the mistake of taking liberal democrats at their word and actually gone out and exercised their right to assembly...and yet the caption to the photo strangely says something about 'violent' protesters...

7:44 PM  
Anonymous J F Beck said...

Democratic convention 1968?

8:43 PM  

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