One Woman Stood Up To 330 Neo-Nazis And Is Now The Face Of Anti-Fascism In Sweden

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Activism, Conscious Living with 20 Comments


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Tess Asplund, a woman from Sweden, has been an activist for 26 years now and said that:

“I normally stand with a raised fist at demonstrations, this is not new to me.”

However, a photo of the brave photographer/activist raising her fist in protest went viral for one iconic reason: she was raising it all alone against 330 marching Neo-Nazis.

Last week, the Neo-Nazis, part of a group called the Nordic Resistance Movement, obtained a permit to demonstrate and did so in Borlange, Dalarna, in central Sweden. The group rallied and marched on the busy streets on International Workers’ Day and were protected by police.

Asplund was taking part in a counter demonstration against the Nazis with a group called Dalarna Against Racism when she saw the Nazis approaching and decided that she could not allow them to walk by without showing her disdain for their movement.

She ran in front of them and put her fist in the air to defy the group. She told The Daily Mail about the moment:

“I just felt when they came walking that “you shouldn’t be here” and then one of them stared at me and I stared back. He said nothing and I said nothing, and then the police came and removed me.”

The photographer behind the viral photo, David Lagerlof, also described the incident he saw unfold:

“In front of her, the organisations leader set moves closer in solemn silence. The woman’s gaze meets that of the man in the middle, the leader of the nazi organisation who appears to stare back at her. There is a short “battle of the gazes” before the police steps in and removes the woman.”

Credit: TT News Agency

Credit: TT News Agency

Asplund was removed by the police and the protest by the Nazi group went on, but the photo of her defiance has since been shared thousands of times. Her act has become a photographic representation of the outrage many people have towards the fascist forces still in motion in the Nordic nations.

The photo is already being hailed as an iconic moment in Sweden’s modern history that will last for decades and be a symbol of the anti-fascism movement. A comparable photo in history is that of “Tank Man,” where a man stood alone in front of a line of army tanks to protest the Chinese suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Credit: Independent

Credit: Independent

Many of the members of the Nordic Resistance Movement have been convicted of violent crimes and their belief system is rooted in racism and violence. When asked if she was scared to face the men alone, Asplund replied:

“I am not afraid of them.”

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  1.' Neha Zaidii says:

    вααρ; кє ѕααмηє αууααѕнι αυя ? ? нαмαяє ѕααмηє вα∂мααѕнι внσσℓ кαя внι мαт кαяηα…. 😀
    ? мєяα #вσт нαмєѕнα тσρ ρα ? ….. ღ❌║ вσт ву 😉 Bô Sš & Neha Zaidi 😉

  2.' Jerry Stevens says:

    ?we need peace ?

  3.' Karin Freja says:

    They were not NAZIS. They were national socialists. Big difference. This woman is mentally ill btw. I should know because I am Swedish.

    •' Kristy Sowden says:

      Do you know this woman? Or because you are Swedish you can spot mental ill health in people?

    •' Karin Freja says:

      Kristy Sowden They wrote about her in the Swedish news papers so that’s why I know. The police had to take her away because she went out of control.

    •' James Anderson says:

      Hahahaha, the fb virgin Kristy Sowden got owned!! Hahahaha!! Killary Clinton troll if I ever saw one. Hahahaha!!!

  4.' Trinity Booth says:

    All this is too complicated for us humans

  5.' Saja Misolin says:

    She is from Stockholm. She has cancer. An amazing, wonderful and strong person one can see! I live in Sweden, Stockholm but am not swedish. My life here is living hell because nacism is damn alive!!!! It goes so far that I am planing a migration again. Truly. Once I will publish in media all the documents From different institutions here, they are breaking the law but since tax office is the law you cant do anything!! its true rasism! If you are not born in Sweden, to both swedish parents, you are doomed for life. All the respect to that one female against 300 male haters, head down!

  6.' Paula Burke says:

    This again.

  7.' Damien Cook says:

    Loretta Cook

  8.' Tina Young says:

    Everyone wants rights and to be respected but no-one wants to respect others. I grew up around this. Its not easy but it’s not hard either.

  9.' Erik Albert says:

    A pity they utterly ignored her. From an artistic perspective, the scenario would have been rather beautiful with that peaceful fist contrasting (competing, if you will) with the, technically speaking, superior standardized fascist gesture.

  10.' Jacqui Bonnel says:

    Wish we could oust our loser in chief

  11.' Steve Hageman says:

    She needs to protest the invasion.

  12.' John Higgins says:

    If you give them an audience they will always give a performance, just like tv if a program has low ratings the show gets canceled, does this really need to be said? Makes me believe that people really are uneducated.

  13.' Mike Jones says:

    330, huh? i like the freemason number in there, hmm.

  14.' Jarvis Joseph Reis says:

    Oh lord….smh

  15.' Lobsang Shi Mi says:

    Another European tour and black and red do go well together not so sure about skulls but why should anyone complain about the black power salute racism is like religion food for the masses, weak and the gullible

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