For immediate release | Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Swedish Neo-Nazi Group Leader Guilty of Inciting Hatred

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The Nordic Resistance Movement targets gay people, Jews, Muslim refugees

(New York, NY) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released new resources on the violent neo-Nazi group the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) and extremism and counter-Extremism in Sweden, following the conviction of NRM leader Simon Lindberg of “incitement to racial hatred.”

The court found that during a speech at a 2017 Stockholm rally, Lindberg “spread and expressed contempt for groups based on their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin by shouting ‘Sieg Heil’ while raising his right arm upwards.”

The NRM has been expanding in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and is reportedly an inspiration for U.S.-based white nationalists. Formed by neo-Nazi nationalists in Sweden in 1997, the group seeks to merge all Nordic countries into a single, nationalist-socialist state. NRM members have carried attacks against gay people, Muslims asylum seekers, and ideological adversaries, using explosives, guns, and knives. Three deaths are tied to NRM members.

To learn more about the Nordic Resistance Movement, please click here.

To read the CEP report, Sweden: Extremism and Counter-Extremism, please click here.