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Counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-Nazi party "Svenskarnas Parti" clash with the police at the Kungstradgarden square in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The protesters let off smoke-bombs as they confronted police who enforced a cordon to enable the far right Svenskarnas Parti to hold their meeting. (AP Photo / Fredrik Persson / TT) SWEDEN OUT
Clashes against neo-Nazis at protest in Stockholm

First Published Aug 30 2014 08:00 pm • Last Updated Aug 30 2014 08:00 pm

Stockholm • Swedish riot police briefly clashed Saturday with counter-demonstrators at a neo-Nazi rally in Stockholm on, two weeks before a parliamentary election.

Police said four police officers and three civilians were slightly injured in the violence that erupted on the sidelines of a march by about 150 members of the far-right Party of the Swedes.

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Thousands of people gathered in downtown Stockholm to protest peacefully against the march, but a few dozen masked activists attacked police with firecrackers, bottles, eggs and panels from a security fence.

Fifteen people were apprehended for violating a ban on wearing masks at political demonstrations.

Police had sealed off large parts of central Stockholm because of the march by the Party of the Swedes, which wants to stop immigration and reserve Swedish citizenship for people with "Western genetic and cultural heritage."

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