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SWEDEN: Neo-Nazis attack anti-racist activist

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  • Andy
    On Saturday, 20 October, Patrik Hooghwinkel, member of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) and an active anti-racist, was brutally attacked by Nazis,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 25, 2007
      On Saturday, 20 October, Patrik Hooghwinkel, member of Rättvisepartiet
      Socialisterna (CWI Sweden) and an active anti-racist, was brutally
      attacked by Nazis, who hit him with an iron bar until he bled.

      This is the latest of many attacks from Nazis in Sweden recently,
      since they have stepped up their ideological and organised violence.

      Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna in Gothenburg was holding an activity to
      launch a new anti-racist handbook from Elevkampanjen, the socialist
      school students' union. Three individuals ran at Patrik from behind.
      He fell to the ground as the iron bar hit him in the back of his head.
      They then kicked him, before running away.

      Patrik was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he got six
      stitches and the doctors found cerebral concussion. But the
      consequences could have been much, much worse and it cannot be seen as
      anything other than an attempted murder.

      It was a brutal attack directed against Patrik, but also against our
      party and everyone who is against Nazism. Nazis had threatened
      Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna earlier, as they said this is their
      area. Also, the weekend before, two individuals were hit by Nazis with
      batons in central Gothenburg.

      On Sunday 21 October, the day after the attack, 150 people
      participated in an anti-racist activity against the attack in central
      Gothenburg. "The cowardly attack by the Nazis will not silence us - we
      will not be scared. Instead, more people should get involved in the
      struggle against racism and Nazism," said Kristofer Lundberg from RS
      Gothenburg.

      A campaign for a bigger demonstration next Saturday has now been
      launched by RS, with other organisations and anti-racists invited.
      Already at the activity on Sunday, 42 copies of the new handbook were
      sold.

      There are clear parallels between today's increased violence and the
      situation in the 1990s in Sweden. Then, increased Nazi violence was
      forced back by class struggle and mass mobilisations of workers and
      youth. Now, we must answer the Nazi violence with similar mass
      protests, mobilisations and campaigns in schools, workplaces and
      housing areas to stop their violence.




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