Thousands protest against far-right Sweden Democrats
Several thousand protesters staged peaceful protests Monday evening in three Swedish cities against the electoral gains made at the weekend by the far-right Sweden Democrats, dpa reported.
The protesters assembled after an appeal was distributed via the internet including Facebook by 17-year-old Felicia Margineau.
The largest gathering was held at a square in central Stockholm, local media reported. Protests were also held in Gothenburg and Malmo, Sweden's second and third largest cities.
The Sweden Democrats won 5.7 per cent of the vote in Sunday's elections, sufficient to enter the national legislature. Their projected 20 seats appear to deny Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right coalition an overall majority.
Despite their innocuous-sounding name, the party stands on a hard- right anti-immigrant platform.