'Neo-Nazi' admits ploughing vehicle into Iraqi demonstration in Sweden

Man 'with neo-Nazi links' admits driving into Iraqi demonstrations in Sweden

The man is allegedly linked with the Nordic Resistance Movement (Stock image)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A man with alleged neo-Nazi links has admitted to driving a car into Iraqi demonstrations in Malmo, Sweden.

Around 20 to 30 Iraqis were demonstrating against new, stricter asylum rules in Sweden both on Saturday (June 10) and Sunday (June 11), according to The Local.

The 22-year-old admitted to driving at the demonstration on Saturday and then again on Sunday where he drove over several protest signs before crashing into a tree.

Protestors were unable to get to the man as he barricaded himself in the car until police arrived and took him away. No one was injured in the incident.

Police are currently investigating both incidents as a hate crime and the driver has been released from custody as the investigation continues.

Sandra Persson from the police special hate crime investigation unit told newspaper Aftonbladet: “He said he's doing it to make a point. That he does not think they should be in the country.

“We are prioritising this. It is a clear hate crime with many people affected. And it happened at this site, outside the Migration Agency."

Aftonbladet claims the man has previously taken part in study sessions and demonstrations run by the Nordic Resistance Movement which is a neo-Nazi group.

Broadcaster SVT claimed a swastika and two knives were discovered in the man's car.

The driver is suspected of agitation against an ethnic group, illegally carrying a knife, illegally carrying a weapon and assault.

Allegations have also been made that he used pepper spray on protestors.