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The Foreigner Sweden Extreme Right trip spawns spat. The national socialists displaying their organisation’s symbol on their hike to the top of Norway’s highest mountain was disrespectful, a Labour Party (Ap) member tells The Foreigner. The 10 activists belonging to Nordiska motståndsrörelsen placed their handheld flag on the ground at Galdhøpiggen’s peak, displaying it upright. Members from Norway were also on Saturday’s trip. Pictures the organisation publish show members dressed in green/camouflage military-style trousers. Some are wearing tops with the group’s emblem on. This insignia is also on the flag they use.

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Sweden Extreme Right trip spawns spat

Published on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014 at 14:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann   .
Last Updated on 30th July 2014 at 14:42.

The national socialists displaying their organisation’s symbol on their hike to the top of Norway’s highest mountain was disrespectful, a Labour Party (Ap) member tells The Foreigner.



The 10 activists belonging to Nordiska motståndsrörelsen placed their handheld flag on the ground at Galdhøpiggen’s peak, displaying it upright. Members from Norway were also on Saturday’s trip.

Pictures the organisation publish show members dressed in green/camouflage military-style trousers. Some are wearing tops with the group’s emblem on. This insignia is also on the flag they use.

Elisabeth Skarsbø Moen, a former political commentator at tabloid VG and now PR advisor at Oslo-based communications company Zynk, accompanied the group.

She witnessed the action, saying that both she and other tourists in the area at the time found it “provoking and offensive”.

“Everyone has the freedom to speak in Norway and plant a flag, but this was only four days following the third anniversary of the 22nd July 2011 terror attacks,” remarks Ms Moen.

“[Moreover,] Galdhøpiggen is a national symbol and the highest point in Norway. It serves them well to use nature and that natural icon for propaganda purposes.”

Galdhøpiggen, in southern Norway’s Jotunheimen region straddling the border between Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane Counties, is also the highest mountain in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, at 2,469 metres (about 8,100 feet).

“We had no political purpose with the trip. This was something we’d planned for a long time. Galdhøpiggen is Scandinavia's highest mountain, and the nature in the area is amazing. We wanted to go for a hike and take a few pictures,” Haakon Eihwaz Forwald, leader of Nordiska motståndsrörelsen’s Norway division tells NRK.

The organisation describes Elisabeth Skarsbø Moen as “a journalist and social democrat”. She recently re-joined the Labour Party as she is no longer a journalist.

“Frankly, I think my membership in Labour is irrelevant in this connection. The reason they call me a social democrat is my views as a political commentator in VG for seven years, my books, and that fact that I was a Labour Youth (AUF) politician 20 years ago,” she remarks to The Foreigner.



Published on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014 at 14:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Winkelmann   .
Last updated on 30th July 2014 at 14:42.

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