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Neo-Nazis arrested over anti-homophobia campaigner attack

Neo-Nazis arrested over anti-homophobia campaigner attack

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 14 March 2014 14:54

Three men have been charged with attempted murder following the knife attack on an anti-homophobia activist in the Swedish city of Malmö earlier this week.

Following a Reclaim the Night event on International Woman's Day, the men, belonging to the ‘neo-Nazi’ Svenskarnas parti (Swedish Party) attacked a group of people including Showan Shattak (pictured), founder of 'Football Against Homophobia'.

The victims were taken to hospital and later discharged but Shattak remains there in a coma with head injuries. He condition is critical but stable.

Shattak, 25, is a well known supporter of the football club Malmö Fotbollförening (MFF). He has often spoken against football hooliganism and advocated for better behaviour in the spectator stands.

Supporter group for the MFF, Ultras Malmö released a statement condemning the attack and calling Shattak one of Malmö ‘s most active figures who strongly contributed to building up the culture of stands today in the MFF.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt also spoke out against the attack.

“Incidents of nazism and racism besmirch much of what people think is good about Sweden. It is now important that those who have used violence are brought to justice,” Reinfeldt said.


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