Stockholm: A Swedish student was left in a shocking state of mind when he received images of mutilated bodies in answer of his questions about political views of a far-right party on Islam as he was tasked with writing a project about Islam and was told to gather information and attitudes to the Islamic faith.
The 15-year-old Swedish student, Johan, expressed his reaction as saying, “I was shocked.”
Seeking political views, he mailed the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) asking for the party’s opinion.
The student said that he intended for “general questions about the Sweden Democrats or the party’s national policy.”
To his shock, he received an email from Ted Ekeroth, a Lund county councilor, which included a link showing shocking photos of mutilated, decapitated and burned corpses.
“I can’t describe the feeling, the photos were so horrible,” Johan said.
The far-right councilor justified his email that the link shows victims of terrorism in southern Thailand.
“I had no idea how I was supposed to respond to his mail,” the student said.
Ekeroth claimed that he had warned the student about the shocking images, adding that he had no idea whether the photos were genuine.
The Sweden Democrats is notorious for anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant campaigns.
Immediately after their electoral win in 2010, the SD started working on imposing a suspension on building new mosques in the Scandinavian country.
The party, whose manifesto describes Muslims as “seriously jeopardizing the Swedish nation,” has also sought a ban on face-veil and halting immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.
It opposes a panel recommendation that all major religions should be given equal time in lesson plans, saying Christianity should maintain a special status.
The far-right party distanced themselves from the photos, blaming the councilor for sending “unsuitable” material.
SD spokesperson, Martin Kinnunen, described the material on the website as “unsuitable” and said that it was a mistake for Ekeroth to have sent it.
The spokesman denied that the incident constitutes a breach of party leader Jimmie Akesson’s call for a zero tolerance policy on racism, but said that Ekeroth would no longer be tasked with answering the party’s correspondence.
The photos are not the first episode of the far-right party campaign against Muslims.
Earlier this week, the Sweden Democrats revealed plans to distribute an anti-Islam newspaper among its 6,000 members this month.
Opinion polls have shown that the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) is growing in popularity in the Scandinavian country.
Muslims make up some 200,000 of the country’s 9.5 million population, according to semi-official estimates.
But leaders of the Muslim minority put the number at 400,000.