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The Swedish city that
said no to neo-Nazis

After a 14-year-old was murdered by neo-Nazis in 1995, Kungalv launched a pioneering project that has changed how people think about tackling racism

By David Crouch  /  The Guardian

“Doing so requires a highly complex, situated knowledge, the understanding of the local context — you have to be part of the fabric,” said Mattsson, who now runs the institute.

Each year, more than 800 Swedish school students go through the Kungalv model, but nobody should be tempted to think the work has been done and the problem is retreating, Mattsson said.

“If we stop doing this job, the racism will resurface in a different form in a year, five or 10 years, we don’t know,” he said.

“Racism is not something you can get rid of — it is an ongoing battle,” Mattsson added.

For Madeleine, neo-Nazi marches such as today’s are not the only reason the Kungalv model remains so necessary.

“When Notre Dame cathedral was burning, on Facebook [people] started blaming Muslims straight away. Everyday racism is growing in the whole of Sweden,” she said.

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