March 4, 2015
This is disappointing. And a bit shocking, given the high turn-outs the Sweden Democrats have been seeing.
I have a hard time believing that there were only 4 protesters. But the number can’t be that far off. I mean, they could have said it was four if it was ten, but they couldn’t have said it was four if it was two dozen.
But Dan Park was one of the four. And he left by police escort, as is his custom.
Counter-demonstrators dramatically outnumbered anti-Islam protesters at a Pegida rally in Linköping in southern Sweden, with reports that just four people turned up to support the right wing group, while up to 400 others rallied in support of diversity.
The march went ahead on Monday night even after the local organizers dropped out at the last minute.
But among the Pegida representatives present in the town’s main square were several high profile names in Sweden: Dan Park, an artist who has previously been convicted of inciting racial hatred and Henry Rönnquist, the gallery owner who exhibited Park’s controversial pictures and the man who founded Pegida in Sweden.
Dan Park was also reported to have been present at the cultural centre in Copenhagen where a terror attack took place last month.
There was a strong police presence at the Linköping rally, reflecting Sweden’s concerns about security in the wake of the recent shootings in Copenhagen and France as well as an awareness about how Pegida marches can turn violent, as they have in neighbouring Germany.
But Fredrik Kliman, spokesman for the police in Östergötland, described the demonstration as “very, very quiet.”
“I think that both sides feel they got their messages across”, he added.
“We protested because we want to see a Linköping where everyone can feel safe, and hate can never be the solution,” Ayaan Goobe, an activist from the group Ett Linkoping för Alla (One Linköping for all) who spoke at the counter demonstration told Swedish newspaper Echo.
The rally ended with Park and Rönnquist being escorted away by police.
Dan Park is awesome, and we salute him. He is one of the most hardcore guys around. A true viking. And he really doesn’t get enough credit. He should be featured here more. In fact, he should probably be running this site.
Here’s some of his art (take note you who claim no one hardcore is interested in Pediga):
Park is the spiritual successor of “Zyklon” Ben Garrison. May he soon take his rightful place as King of Sweden.
As far as Pegida’s other three men – lose not heart, brothers. Your cause is just. You are right. You will win.