Rasmussen referred to Paludan as a “Danish-Swedish” citizen, but he is Danish-raised, and it was in Denmark that he trained and worked as a lawyer before becoming a full-time agitator in the build-up to the Danish general in 2019. Elections where his party Stram Kurs failed to win any mandates.
If you thought he had disappeared from the radar since then, you would be wrong as he moved up to Sweden where he quickly obtained a passport through one of his parents.
His burning outside the embassy is the latest in a long series of publicity stunts that have now gone on for three years: preceding his attempt to win representation in the Swedish parliament last year, and now in the wake of another failure.
Rasmussen described Paludan’s actions on Saturday as both “disgraceful” and “disgraceful”.
“It is shameful that we have a Danish-Swedish, namely Paludan, leading the way. After all, we have experienced that ourselves in a Danish context and have moved on from it,” he said.
“Now he is touring in Sweden. That, I think, is shameful.”
In 2021, Paludan was convicted of racism, but escaped serving time in prison.
Harmful for Sweden’s attempts to become a member of NATO
Paludan’s actions could not have been more poorly timed given Sweden’s bid to join NATO, for which it needs the support of the other members.
“So it is a task for all of us to explain to our Turkish friends how the conditions are in an open democracy like the Swedish one.”
Source: The Nordic Page