The Swedish far-left activist Expo Foundation, which has been funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, called on their supporters to tone down their rhetoric after the group published an article on a new right-wing project and their supporters left threats of violence on their Facebook page.
The far-left activist group wrote an article on a new right-wing project in Sweden called “The Free Sweden Association” led by Swedish anti-Islamisation journalist Ingrid Carlqvist and Dan Eriksson, founder of Swedish online media project Motgift.
The project would see the pair, along with other members of the right-wing scene in Sweden, create a centre for right-wing people to meet and network in person. The article states that the project would include, “a café, gym, radio, and television studio, library”, and other facilities.
On the Expo Foundation’s Facebook page, many supporters expressed disgust with the right-wing project labelling it a “Nazi house” and others said the project should be illegal and shut down.
Several comments, now deleted by Expo, were even more hostile with one supporter advocating for the burning down of the building saying it would “burn quickly”, adding: “I’ll bring the gasoline and matches, who is with me?” Screenshots of the comments were taken and posted on Twitter.
— Kjell Böhlin (@medmanniskan) November 27, 2017
Expo admitted their supporters had used “unacceptable” language and took to Twitter to tell their supporters not to make threats against the new association.
I lördags rapporterade vi om den nystartade föreningen Det fria Sverige. Det har lett till kommentarer i sociala medier, riktade mot föreningen, som i vissa fall är helt oacceptabla. Vi vill uppmana alla följare att hålla en anständig ton. Hat är det nog av ändå i sociala medier.
— Stiftelsen Expo (@StiftelsenExpo) November 27, 2017
“Last Saturday we reported on the fledgeling Free Sweden Association. It has led to comments on social media, directed at the Association, which in some cases are completely unacceptable. We want to invite all followers to keep a decent tone,” they wrote.
Ingrid Carlqvist replied to the post: “Oh really? It became a bit too obvious that you really excite your readers?”
The Expo Foundation which claims to be “anti-racist” and to “challenge intolerance” was given $25,000 U.S. in 2014 by left-wing billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations for a project to “train activists” ahead of the 2014 European Parliament elections.
Far-left UK group HOPE Not Hate (HnH) was also funded by OSF in 2014 to the tune of $93,770 in 2014 for an almost identical project training activists. HnH and Expo are linked through HnH researcher Patrick Hermansson who was also a long-time contributor to Expo’s magazine.
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) December 22, 2016
HnH has been accused of using “dirty tactics” against their political opponents by their former spin doctor Dan Hodges late last year.
The group also came under fire from Economist magazine who accused them of manipulating data from Twitter to push their agenda saying they exaggerated the number of “hate speech” posts by 3,000 per cent following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year.
HnH most recently claimed a pyrrhic victory over Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage despite not getting the apology, nor the cash they had demanded in their civil suit.
Commenting on the case, Farage said: “Their statement today is thoroughly disingenuous. It is the case that we’ve now resolved our dispute and I am perfectly happy to accept that the organisation doesn’t pursue violent or undemocratic means. But the fact is that a number of individuals claiming to support them have in the past behaved violently and sought to intimidate and disrupt lawful political meetings.”