Erik Nilsen - the most active Nazi leader
His motto is clear and easy to understand:
-It's time to go from words to action.
That is what he among other things said at a Nazi meeting last summer in the Bosebygd meeting hall, that is located in a normally peaceful row house area in Mullsjö, Västergötland.
Unlike most of the other meetings where Nilsen has said the same thing, he was this time carefully videofilmed. And unlike all other meetings the film was confiscated by the police at a later search. It now offers a unique peep-hole into Swedish Nazi activities of today.
In naked neon light Erik Nilsen stands and speaks. Behind him hangs a banner with the South African swastika, the triskelion.
-I was in Great Britain under the National Front's era of greatness. I was one of the founders of Bevara Sverige Svenskt (Keep Sweden Swedish), I have been in Nordiska Rikspartiet (Nordic National Party), Sverigepartiet (Sweden Party), Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats). And I say to you today, everything was just words and wasted time. I have wasted so much time in life on this.
He gives the power of authority to commit any crime
The time of arguments is past. He gives the young listeners the power of authority to commit any crime.
-This society is so sick that nothing, nothing what you do could be worse than what this society is doing towards you, what this society is doing towards Sweden, what this society is doing towards Europe, what this society is doing towards the white race.
And a little later:
-We should take every chance to destroy the present society.
After the speech is over the audience begins to shout "Sieg Heil" and make Hitler salutations. Two Swedish flags are fastened to the otherwise completely empty walls of the hall. The participants are wearing T-shirts with the emblems and names of different Nazi organisations: "Blood and Honour", "Combat 18", "National Socialist Front". Others have slogans on their shirts, such as "Smash the Jews".
One week after the party the organisers of the meeting, the brothers Tom and Roger Olsen, and three of their friends, went from words to action.
The 21 July they assaulted four Iraqi immigrants and kicked them down. The assault continued with more kicks on the lying victims, that also were threatened with rifles by the friends of the Olsen brothers.
The day after it started again. This time the Olsen brothers were armed with knives. The friend Jimmy Eriksson, 19, had a bicycle chain, Fredrik Strand, 19, a baton. With raised weapons they chased the immigrants through the residential area. The Iraqi youngsters managed to escape into a flat and lock the door after themselves.
But the persecution continued. Tom Olsen shot a bullet through the window of the flat with a weapon that the immigrants thought was a hunting rifle. Technical examination showed however that Olsen had shot with an air-gun.
Tom Olsen was sentenced to ten months in prison, Roger Olsen to six months in prison for among other things assault, illegal threats, molesting, persecution of ethnic groups. Eriksson and Strand got two months in prison.
According to the terminology of Nilsen they can be hailed as prisoners of war in the Nazi movement. And they left the prison with a better personal record in Nazi circles than they had before the meeting in Mullsjö.
Erik Nilsen has agitated at a long sequence of similar meetings over the last two years as an invited speaker. The message has been the same as in Mullsjö. Less words, more action.
This is our survey over his appearances:
7 March 1998. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Kågeröd near Lund.
20 April 1998. Speaks at National Socialist Front (NSF) meeting in Valje near Sölvesborg.
11-12 July 1998. Speaks at NSF-meeting in Mullsjö.
19 September 1998. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Södra Sandby near Lund.
12 December 1998. Speaks at NSF-party in memory of the Swedish Nazi leader Birger Furugård, in Rydöbruk near Halmstad.
31 December 1998. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Denmark.
30 January 1999. Speaks at NSF-meeting in memory of Adolf Hitler's assumption of power 1933, in Idkerberget near Ludvika
20 February 1999. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Oslo.
17 April 1999. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Hasselstad community centre near Ronneby.
Midsummer's Eve 1999. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Langeland, Denmark.
28 August 1999. Speaks at NSF-meeting in Tomelilla.
25 September 1999. Speaks at Nazi meeting in Denmark.
Among the participants at these meetings, that attracted from 50 to up to 200 participants, there are many young men that now are suspected of, or are mentioned in the preliminary hearings of, several of the acts of violence connected with Nazism that have occurred under 1998 and 1999.
The meeting in Idkerberget near Ludvika was especially important. Here all Swedish Nazi groups with some kind of structure were represented: NSF, Blood and Honour, Ragnarock, Combat 18 and Nordland.
The different groups, that earlier have had difficulties in keeping together, are united at this meeting under the theme: from words to action, the motto of Erik Nilsen.
The same night that this meeting was held, someone puts a bomb in a plastic bag at the door of the Lindesberg police station.