FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Nest 5 Chief Pär Sjögren was invited to speak at a public event in Stockholm about the dangers of censorship and “incitement to racial hatred” laws on Sunday, 3 February.
The event was organised by Stockholmers for a Sovereign Sweden, an independent free speech movement in part inspired by France’s Yellow Vests.
The group has been holding speaking events since the beginning of December 2018, many of them at Stockholm’s Mynttorget Square, which was also the venue for Pär Sjögren’s speech.
Previous demonstrations have featured notable nationalist speakers and focussed on subjects such as the UN migration pact.
Pär was invited due to his own extensive experiences and persecution at the hands of Sweden’s “incitement to racial hatred” laws, in particular the charges he faces as a result of the Movement’s 2017 demonstration in Gothenburg. Following the demonstration, Pär and several other members were charged with a long list of supposed “hate crimes”, including such ridiculous charges as attending a legally permitted demonstration and wearing a jacket bearing the Movement’s Tyr Rune symbol (a legal symbol in Sweden).
Despite Pär being a very fitting speaker for the subject of the demonstration, the decision to invite him caused a great deal of consternation among the so-called “Sweden Friends”, or Swedish nationalists. After Pär’s participation was made public, four of the other six scheduled speakers cancelled their appearances, including Patrik Forsén from Nordic Youth, and the immigration critic and Zionist Stefan Torssell. Sjögren’s presence was also denounced by the Jewish “sex advisor” Katerina Janouch, a leading figure among the Sweden Friends, who said she “would never demonstrate” with the Nordic Resistance Movement.
Luckily more speakers who were not afraid to share a stage with a Nordic Resistance Movement member subsequently came forward to fill the vacant places. The result was a very powerful event with excellent speeches from a number of notable figures.
Pär’s speech (with English subtitles) can be seen below.
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