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The moment one woman stands up to more than 300 Nazis and refuses to let them pass: Activist deemed a hero in Sweden for ‘iconic’ defiant gesture in front of fascist march

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 16:00
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  • Brave woman photographer as she steps out in front of a 300-strong Nazi march in central Sweden
  • Tess Asplund, 42, stood in the way of the right-wing extremists and silently raised her fist
  • The image of her peaceful protest  and stand against racism has gone viral in Scandinavia 

By Sara Malm for MailOnline

Published: 15:39 GMT, 3 May 2016 | Updated: 19:41 GMT, 3 May 2016

 

 

 

 

This is the moment one brave woman stepped out in front of the leaders of a 300-strong Nazi march – and raised her fist in defiance.

The photograph was taken in Borlange, Dalarna, in central Sweden, where the militant Nazi organisation Nordiska motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement) was holding a rally on International Workers’ Day this weekend.

As hundreds of right-wing extremists, dressed in homemade uniforms of white shirts and dark green ties, marched down the street, 42-year-old Tess Asplund stood in their way and faced the group’s leaders with her arm in the air.

Defiant: Tess Asplund, 42, stepped out in front of 300 Nazis marching through the city of Borlange, Sweden, and faced its leaders with her fist in the air

 
 

Defiant: Tess Asplund, 42, stepped out in front of 300 Nazis marching through the city of Borlange, Sweden, and faced its leaders with her fist in the air

The photograph of her brave and defiant action has been shared by thousands of Scandinavians on Twitter and Facebook, and the snap is already being hailed as an iconic moment in modern Swedish history. 

Ms Asplund had been taking part in a counter demonstration, organised by Dalarna Against Racism, to protest the Nazi march in Borlange on Sunday.

 

 

Speaking to local media, Ms Asplund, from Stockholm, says she is shocked that the photograph has had such spread online in the past few days.

‘I normally stand with a raised fist at demonstrations, this is not new to me,’ Ms Asplund, who has been an activist for 26 years, told P4 Dalarna.

‘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 militant right-wing extremist organisation calling itself Nordiska motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement) had gathered a total of around 330 people in its demonstration on May Day in Borlange

 
 

The militant right-wing extremist organisation calling itself Nordiska motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Movement) had gathered a total of around 330 people in its demonstration on May Day in Borlange

Brave: Ms Asplund faced the right-wing extremists as they marched down the street before she was removed by police 

 
 

Brave: Ms Asplund faced the right-wing extremists as they marched down the street before she was removed by police 

Protester: The 42-year-old was taking part in a counter-demonstration taking action against the right-wing extremists

 
 

Protester: The 42-year-old was taking part in a counter-demonstration taking action against the right-wing extremists

When asked if she had been scared to face the Nordic Resistance Movement – many of whom have convictions for violent crimes – Ms Asplund simply said: ‘I am not afraid of them.’

 

Photographer David Lagerlof, who captured Ms Asplund’s action, wrote on his Facebook page about the snap: ‘A single woman steps out into the street and stands in front of Sweden’s most violent Nazi organisation.

‘The place is Borlänge, 1st May, where the Nazi’s have gotten a demonstration permit. In a single gesture, the woman then raises her fist and refuses to move. “What is she thinking?” is my surprised reaction while I raise the camera to take the picture

‘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.’ 

Despite knowing that members of Nordic Resistance Movement have convictions of violent crimes, Ms Asplund said that she had not been afraid to take a stand against the Nazis

 
 

Despite knowing that members of Nordic Resistance Movement have convictions of violent crimes, Ms Asplund said that she had not been afraid to take a stand against the Nazis

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