Sweden continues to destabilize, as vigilante preservationist group the Sons of Odin now has a branch in the Swedish province of Dalarna. The group already had branches in Finland (where it was formed), Norway, and Estonia. Commentators had wondered about their lack of presence in Sweden, and it is reassuring that that has now been mended.
RT reported thus:
The far-right, anti-migrant vigilante group “Soldiers of Odin” has expanded its presence to Sweden after gaining popularity in Finland, Estonia and Norway. The group was established in response to the European refugee crisis.
Soldiers of Odin made its Swedish vigilante debut in the province of Dalarna last weekend, patrolling the towns of Borlange, Hedemora, and Säter, Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported. It was later spotted in Stockholm.
The group has about 100 full members in Sweden and nearly 5,000 supporters, spokesman Mikael Johansson told Avesta Tidning newspaper.
Sweden is the fourth country to be ‘patrolled’ by Soldiers of Odin, which was created in late 2015. But although the group says it is protecting its chosen locations against “immigrant violence,” it has been accused of being a front for a Nazi organization – a claim which Johansson denies.
“Violent crime is rampaging, while police resources are on the decline. Before they get together any more resources, we help them the best we can,” he said.
I would question the verbage, as the police work for a government that is violently opposed to groups like Soldiers of Odin, and to the preservation of Swedish culture in general. Perhaps that was a mis-translation though.
“The way the Soldiers of Odin is built [can be] compared with a motorcycle gang. It is structured in much the same way. We want to get the right people, but we do not want to get into right-wing guys who think they can go out and fight in the streets,” Johansson said.
The group made its appearance in Norway just last month, supposedly aiming to secure the streets from “delinquency” that police are “unable to address.” Its Norwegian debut prompted the creation of a rival group called “Soldiers of Allah,” formed by Islamists.
In Finland, the country where Soldiers of Odin was established, Interior Minister Petteri Orpo referred to the group has “extremist features” who “do not increase security.” Similarly, Estonia’s defense minister has stated that activists aiming to make the streets safer should not join anti-migrant patrols such as Soldiers of Odin, but should instead link up with the national volunteer police organization.
Soldiers of Odin, which derives its name from a Norse god, is part of an increasingly prominent anti-migrant movement that is gaining publicity in response to the EU refugee crisis. Sweden accepted record numbers of asylum seekers in 2015, before deciding to reintroduce border checks after authorities said they were struggling to manage the influx.
The timing on this is appropriate, as Sweden continues to inch closer to failed-state status. RT also reports that:
Violent riots continued for a second night in the southern Stockholm suburb of Alby, known for its significant immigrant population, RT’s Ruptly agency reports. Protesters set fire to cars and pelted police and emergency services with rocks and pyrotechnics.
On Thursday night, police were patrolling the suburb, which is home to large Syrian and Armenian diasporas, as well as more recent Iraqi refugees, when a rock flew through the back window of their parked car.
As officers searched for the culprits, the rioters set fire to tires on a public bridge, and poured gasoline over several cars, before lighting them up. When fire crews arrived they were also showered with projectiles.
On Friday night, police encountered yet more clashes with residents, although there has been no official confirmation of a link between the scuffles
One man was arrested Thursday, but has since been released.
Sweden’s last major riots took place in 2013, provoked by an alleged incident of police brutality. But there have been widely-publicized incidents involving foreign-born residents, including asylum center murders, and sexual assault cases, over the past year.
Sweden accepted nearly 170,000 asylum seekers in 2015, more per capita than any other EU state.
As Swedish law forbids police to record the ethnicity and origin of the perpetrators, the identity of the recent rioters is unlikely to be uncovered
Each of these stories represents the undeniable fact that parties on both sides in Sweden no longer believe the government to be legitimate. Self-defense groups are not created in societies where people believe the government can protect them. Likewise, groups of individuals do not run amok burning up cars and bridges if they fear the authority of the government, or respect it as an institution.
With hundreds of thousands more immigrants coming to Sweden every year, the undeniable fact is, as always, that the sooner war can break out, the better chance our side will have.