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SWEDEN: Far-right Politician Forced Resignation After Anti-Muslim Speech

By Published November 29, 2017

A politician in Sweden who said on a live TV debate that Muslims were not “fully human” has been forced to step down.

"On one end you are 100 per cent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept. At the other end, you are 100 per cent Mohammedan," he said.

Martin Strid, a member of the right-wing Sweden Democrats, sparked controversy when he ranked Islamists on a scale of “0 to 100” while speaking at a party national conference.

Strid’s party colleagues immediately denounced his comments, with its secretary Richard Jomshof saying the statement amounted to "racism".

"Everyone has fundamental human worth, the same for everyone. If you think that someone has a worse value based on a certain skin colour or the community they are part of, that is racism for me. We will not accept that," Jomshof said

Strid tried to explain himself by saying Isis members were "close to being 100 per cent Mohammedan" but added that "all Muslims are somewhere on that scale". "If you are an ex-Muslim you have come quite far towards being fully human” while speaking at the party’s national conference in Norrköping, Östergötland in the south east of Sweden.

Swedish Democrat Party board member and MP Aron Emilsson later officially distanced the party from Strid saying "It is a statement we, from the party leadership, take a clear distance from. Categorising people and human values ​​based on what religious beliefs you have is a way we cannot argue, it is contrary to our basic view of human dignity.”

Strid later apologised for his statement, which attracted a barrage of criticism. "It was very unfortunate, I expressed myself very clumsy". Strid quit the party hours later.

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