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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Observing Sweden - Stiff Arms and The Law

Excerpt from: The Local

Published: 08 Mar 2016 16:36 GMT+01:00
Swede slapped with fine for ‘Hitler salutes’

28-year-old man convicted of inciting racial hatred by a court in Umeå – northern Sweden.

The court heard that the man had been drinking at a local pub before he got involved in an altercation with two young men on Vasaplan, the main square in Umeå. Around a dozen people then witnessed him making racist comments about the pair and openly using the Nazi salute favored by supporters of Adolf Hitler during World War Two.

Police were immediately called after he was spotted making the gesture and he was arrested at the scene. The man, who has not been named by Swedish media, was formally convicted on Tuesday and told he faced a fine of 20,400 kronor ($2,403).

His case hits the headlines just months after the city of Umeå grabbed international attention after organizing an anti-Nazi event, but failing to include any speakers from the Jewish community. 

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