Swedish Elections 9 September 2018: Why SD has risen?

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Swedish Democratic Party (Sverigedemokraterna: SD) in Sweden has risen significantly in the last general elections and set to make its impact in the coming elections (local, regional and national) on 9 September 2018.

SD is primarily known for its anti-immigrant stand and to enhance safety for its citizens. The slogan of SD is Trygghet & Tradition (Security & Tradition).

SD campaigns for support on Avenyn in Gothenburg

www.gothenburg-400.com spoke to its supporters as to why they support SD in Sweden. Kristian is a die-hard SD supporter, and expresses his support to the party openly unlike being active only on social media. He says the political establishment in Sweden (he refers to it as elite politicians and elite political parties) since 1975 took a unilateral decision to make Sweden a multicultural society, and allowed mass migration into the country. He says a section of Swedish society is angry against those two policies. Because SD is assuring the voters to fix that problem (not to allow mass migration and not to make Sweden a multicultural society), the party is gaining support.

Jimmie Åkesson the SD President (Photo by Illmi Mimmi Morin)

Ilmi Mimmi Morin predicts a landslide for SD in the coming elections. She reckons the other political parties will gang-up against SD from forming a government, even though it secures 25% of popular support, which in her opinion is a discrimination against the voters. Why she become a SD supporter? She is dissatisfied with the Swedish government’s decision to allow foreigners (immigrants ranging from asylum seekers to illegal immigrants). She believes most of them are bogus refugees, and criminals in their societies – they indulge in violence and trafficking drugs to make quick and easy money into the country.

SD is pitching for restricted migration (having legitimate and skilled migrants). Ilmi believes most of the refugees from Afghanistan are not under-age children as they claim and they should be deported but government is making special rules to let them stay, which angers her. Other issues that bother her are: migrants who come to Sweden are not integrating but forcing their traditions on Swedish society (such as not to shake hands, not to show their faces in public spaces, not respecting women among others). The other issue that angers her is: immigrants get more income support from the government than the Swedish unemployed and pensioners and old people. She also makes it clear that she lends her support only on issues but not all its policies.

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