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Swedish neo-Nazi accused of planning to kill journalists

Member of far-right Nordic Resistance Movement arrested after police find photos of targets on his computer, along with weapons

Members of the Nordic Resistance Movement march in central Gothenburg, Sweden, September 30, 2017. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT via AP)
Members of the Nordic Resistance Movement march in central Gothenburg, Sweden, September 30, 2017. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT via AP)

Swedish police have arrested a member of the far-right Nordic Resistance Movement for allegedly plotting to kill two local journalists.

Police discovered photographs of the journalists’ homes and other private information on the suspect’s computer, as well as a shotgun, silencer and ammunition, according to local media reports.

Members of the neo-Nazi group have targeted the Jewish community. In May, the Jewish community of Umea closed its community center after members of the group pasted stickers with fascist imagery on the building, “making the place look like after Kristallnacht.” The closure caused a national uproar.

Amid intense media coverage in Sweden of the affair, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven mentioned it in a speech denouncing anti-democracy forces in his country.

Carinne Sjoberg peeling off a sticker that neo-Nazis left on the door of what used to be the Jewish community center of Umea, Sweden. (Courtesy of Sjoberg/via JTA)

Last October, the Nordic Resistance Movement held a march on Yom Kippur in Gothenburg that turned violent, leading to more than 30 arrests. The neo-Nazi marchers and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators clashed with police during the march, Reuters reported. At least two people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes.

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