Danish far-right extremist plans to use Swedish citizenship for new provocative demos

Rasmus Paludan, the leader of an extremist far-right party in Denmark, says he plans to travel to Sweden to carry out demonstrations after authorities confirmed he was a citizen of the country.

Danish far-right extremist plans to use Swedish citizenship for new provocative demos
Rasmus Paludan, leader of the extremist far-right party Stram Kurs. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The leader of the Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party, who has a criminal conviction in Denmark for inciting racial hatred, was previously banned from entering Sweden for two years. But that ban would be rendered invalid by his now-confirmed Swedish citizenship.

Paludan came to prominence in Denmark through his anti-Islam demonstrations in areas with sizeable minority ethnic communities. The main feature of the demonstrations is burning and desecration of the Quran.

Muslims believe the Quran to be the direct word of God and intentionally destroying one is therefore seen as an extremely sacrilegious act.

Far-right activist Paludan espouses vehemently anti-Islam rhetoric and wants to ban Islam in Denmark — in breach of the constitution — and deport swathes of non-ethnic Danes from the country.

In August, a group of activists linked to the Stram Kurs party posted a video of themselves burning a copy of the Quran in Malmö.

Around a dozen rioters were subsequently arrested, as were as a number of people involved in far-right rally where a Quran was kicked around on the ground on the city’s Stortorget square. Six people at Stortorget were seized by police on suspicion of agitation against ethnic groups.

Police had earlier stopped Paludan himself on the border and banned him from entering Sweden for two years on the basis that there was a risk he would break the law while the country.


But Swedish immigration authority Migrationsverket has now recognised he is in fact a citizen of the country due to the nationality of one of his parents, Danish newswire Ritzau reports. That would enable him to freely enter Sweden.

“I hope that we can carry out activities in Sweden later this year,” Paludan told Ritzau.

“It was not difficult to become a Swedish citizen due to the fact that I haven’t done anything at all. I apparently became one when my parents married in 1989,” he said.

Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan has also confirmed the report, publishing a copy of the Migrationsverket confirmation on its website.

It should be noted that the Swedish immigration agency has confirmed that Paludan was already a citizen of the country, not granted him citizenship.

He took the opportunity to make a discriminatory remark in comments given to Ritzau.

“The Swedish constitution states that no citizen may be denied entry. I will probably need to get a Swedish passport before I try to get in. If there happens to be an Arabic person in police uniform who doesn’t know what the rules are, it will probably help to have a Swedish passport,” he said.

Paludan has claimed that Swedish immigration policy is a threat to Denmark and therefore justifies his activism in the country. He also argued that by demonstrating in Sweden, he will persuade Danish voters to elect his party.

“We think more Danes will vote for us when they see it,” he said.

He told Ritzau that he would sue Sweden for having previously denied him entry, given he was a citizen of the country when it happened.

“The Swedish government breached the constitution,” he said.

“That is very serious. Maybe we’ll burn a couple of hundred Qurans as a response to this serious assault on my integrity,” he added.

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Member comments

  1. Well, well, while so many decent migrants have struggled for years without any certainty of getting a Swedish citizenship, it just took overnight for this anti-Muslim “fighter” to get a citizenship. This story says a lot about Sweden itself.

  2. if you don’t like the country that much I think it would be better for you to look for another one. Others who’s willing to stay and love the country for what it is can stay. You probably didn’t even read the article. He is NOT granted a citizenship, one of his parents is Swedes therefore he already has the right for it far before he became a politician. He just didn’t find the need to make a Swedish passport.

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Danish politician target of racist abuse outside parliament

Member of the Danish parliament Sikandar Siddique and his parents were the target of racist verbal abuse during the assembly’s annual reopening day on Tuesday.

Danish MP Sikandar Siddique in parliament earlier this year. Siddique and his parents endured a racist verbal attack near Christiansborg on October 5th.
Danish MP Sikandar Siddique in parliament earlier this year. Siddique and his parents endured a racist verbal attack near Christiansborg on October 5th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen later condemned the incident in a social media post.

Siddique and his parents were accosted by a man wearing a t-shirt bearing the words “Fuck Islam” as left the parliament at Christiansborg.

The man told Siddique, along with his mother and 82-year-old father to “go home”. The incident was recorded on a video published by tabloid newspaper BT.

“Aren’t you planning to go home soon? You can take your parents with you, or whatever it is. Your Arabic culture has no place in Denmark, you’re not welcome here,” the man shouts in the video.

Siddique was born in Copenhagen and does not have Arabic heritage. His parents are originally from Pakistan.

Frederiksen subsequently strongly condemned the incident in a Facebook post.

“(Siddique) was yesterday subjected to an unheard-of racist attack right outside Christiansborg. That’s bad enough in itself. But what’s worse is that elderly parents were also subjected to an entirely unfair and boorish confrontation,” the PM wrote.

“I’m so upset about it that I will this evening ask parliament to reject the episode in unity. A racist attack on a family is an attack on all minorities. It has no place in Denmark,” she continued.

“And an attack on a democratically elected politician is an attack on democracy itself. Neither does this have any place in Denmark. My thoughts today go especially to Sikandar’s parents,” she added.

Siddique, a former member of the Alternative party who now sits as an independent, but is political spokesperson with the recently formed Independent Green Party, expressed his thanks after several political colleagues from both sides of the ideological divide pronounced their support.

“A thousand thanks for all the warm messages after what happened yesterday. It means very much, both for my parents and for me. We are fine under the circumstances and the police are now on the case,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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