Sweden: top young Moderates sacked over Nazi salute
Two young members of the youth wing of the Moderate Party have been asked to leave the organization after posting a picture of themselves making the Nazi salute on a personal blog. One of them has also been charged with hate speech.
“We were just doing a morning workout,” the 18-year-old woman said when police questioned her, according to local paper Västerbottens Folkblad.
In a picture published on the woman’s personal blog last spring, she, along with another young man, can be seen standing in front of a German flag in a pose which appears to be a Nazi salute
“This is what we do in Norrland,” reads the caption below the picture.
A local police officer came across the picture by chance and recognized the 18-year-old woman.
The blogger was subsequently brought in for questioning by police and has since been charged with hate speech.
Both the blogger and the other young man in the picture were elected members of the governing board of the local branch of the Moderate youth movement (Moderaternas ungdomsförbund – MUF) in Skellefteå in northern Sweden.
Following the incident, both have been forced to leave their assignments with MUF and the local branch of the Moderate Party has also taken pains to distance itself from the two renegade members. (via The Local)